CIGNA HealthCare Appoints Christopher De Rosa As President And General Manager For Its Southern California Region

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Jan. 17, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- CIGNA HealthCare announced today the appointment of Christopher De Rosa as president and general manager of CIGNA HealthCare, Southern California responsible for middle market sales, growth and client service. The former senior vice president of CIGNA's Government and Taft-Hartley segment business, De Rosa brings in-depth knowledge of Southern California and extensive sales experience to this new role with the company.

"We are excited to have Chris join our Southern California leadership team, enhancing our ability to serve middle market customers in the area," states Jeff Terrill, senior vice president and west regional manager for CIGNA HealthCare. "His understanding of the unique challenges facing employers and the health care industry in Southern California will help us to grow our business and expand our presence in this important market."

De Rosa began his career with CIGNA in 1992 in California, managing several key accounts, such as Intel, Cisco, Fluor, and Boeing and establishing strong working relationships with producers and providers in the marketplace. His success in the market led to a transition to a new national position where he led the creation of one of the company's advanced customer reporting capabilities programs, including Benefit Insight. In his most recent role, he was responsible for establishing CIGNA's Government and Taft-Hartley business unit, where he led the development and implementation of health plan benefit strategies for Taft-Hartley trusts and the public sector.

A California native, De Rosa has a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine. He will be located in the company's Glendale office.

CIGNA HealthCare of California offers a wide range of innovative solutions to employers to manage health care costs and outcomes, including its HMO and PPO products, CIGNATURE suite of products, ChoiceFund HSA and other leading consumer directed health care products. With more than 600,000 members, CIGNA HealthCare of California is known for its superior disease management programs and has an "Excellent" Accreditation from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA). "CIGNA HealthCare" refers to various operating subsidiaries of CIGNA Corp.

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CONTACT: Gwyn Dilday, CIGNA HealthCare, +1-818-500-6370,

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