WellPoint's Laura Hancock Receives CIO Magazine's and CIO Executive Council's Ones to Watch Award

INDIANAPOLIS, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Laura Hancock, WellPoint's vice president, operational excellence, is a recipient of the 2011 CIO Ones to Watch awards from IDG's CIO Magazine and CIO Executive Council.

This honor is given to 25 rising stars in information technology (IT) who bring leadership, innovation and value to their organization and are primed to become future CIOs. Hancock accepted her award at the CIO Ones to Watch awards ceremony on May 2, 2011, during CIO Magazine's Leadership Event.

"Laura is well deserving of this honor. Her focus on delivering business value, along with her expertise, leadership and dedication, are a true asset to our organization," said Lori Beer, executive vice president of WellPoint's Enterprise Business Service.

"The Ones to Watch honorees bring an impressive range of leadership skills to their companies," says CIO Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson. "We see in this next wave of future CIOs a broader business perspective that's so vital to innovation and growth."

All Ones to Watch honorees must be nominated or endorsed by a practicing CIO. Nominations were submitted between May and November 2010 and reviewed by a judging panel of leading CIOs.

About WellPoint

WellPoint works to simplify the connection between Health, Care and Value. We help to improve the health of our members and our communities, and provide greater value to our customers and shareholders. WellPoint is the nation's largest health benefits company in terms of medical membership, with 34 million members in its affiliated health plans, and a total of more than 70 million individuals served through its subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service areas, WellPoint does business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.

SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.