WellPoint Names Andrea Schell Vice President of Underwriting for National Accounts and Norm Sowatzke Vice President of Commercia

INDIANAPOLIS, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WellPoint announced today that Andrea Schell has been named vice president of underwriting for its National Accounts business. Schell replaces Norm Sowatzke, who was recently named vice president of Commercial Underwriting.

In her new role, Schell will lead the National Accounts underwriting team and provide strategic consultation for new sales and account renewals and drive product pricing strategy.

Schell is an industry veteran with more than 24 years of underwriting experience. She most recently served as regional vice president of underwriting for WellPoint's Ohio local market, where she has held underwriting leadership roles for almost 13 years. She received her MBA from Xavier University and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky.

Sowatzke, in his new role, will lead the overall Commercial Business Underwriting efforts for all commercial business segments, including policy and compliance, reporting and analytics, and underwriting performance effectiveness.

"Andrea brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new role, which is vital in ensuring the continued success of National Accounts," said John C. Langenus, president and CEO, WellPoint's National Accounts business. "I also want to thank Norm for his success at National Accounts, and wish him well in his expanded role within the company."

SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.