Braly tops Journal list of women to watch

The Wall Street Journal has ranked WellPoint Inc. CEO Angela Braly No. 1 on its “50 Women to Watch” list. It’s an annual ranking of women who Journal editors “believe have the potential to make a significant impact on business in the year ahead.”

Braly, 46, became CEO of WellPoint on June 1, making the Indianapolis-based health insurer the largest U.S. corporation with a woman as its chief. In 2006, WellPoint ranked 35th on Fortune magazine’s list of largest American companies, with $57 billion in revenue.

As the number of America’s uninsured climbs toward 50 million and the momentum for health reform intensifies, Ms. Braly will play a big role in shaping the debate,” The Journal said.

Braly replaced Larry Glasscock, who retired but remains WellPoint’s chairman.

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