WellPoint restructures; names new executives

WellPoint Inc. today announced a restructuring of the company and several executive changes.

A new commercial business unit, led by Ken Goulet as CEO, will include local group customers, national accounts, and specialty products, like dental and disability, among other services. Goulet had been president of WellPoint’s national accounts business.

The new consumer business unit, with Joan Herman as CEO, will include senior and state sponsored customer segments. Herman had been CEO of the company’s specialty, senior and state sponsored business. She plans to retire the middle of next year; a successor will be named by then.

Dijuana Lewis will be CEO of the new comprehensive health solutions business unit, which includes provider relations, care and disease management and WellPoint’s pharmacy business. He had been president of the local group business.

WellPoint also said it hired Brad Fluegel as chief strategy and public affairs officer. Most recently, Fluegel was vice president of national accounts for Aetna.

Alice Rosenblatt, WellPoint’s chief actuary, will retire by the end of the year. She will be replaced by Cindy Miller.

John Watts Jr. has resigned as CEO of the commercial and consumer business unit effective Oct. 15 but will remain with the company until the end of the year.

WellPoint said the changes are being made to strengthen the company’s ability to focus on and serve its customers.

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