THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff S. Spahr,
previously manager of planning and development for WellPoint's Specialty
Products division, has been promoted to director of the Vision business. In
his new role, Spahr is responsible for all planning and the strategic
direction for WellPoint's Vision products, which cover more than 900,000
Among the new products is Blue View Vision(TM), which is in the midst
of a nationwide rollout through WellPoint's Blue Cross and Blue Shield
licensed affiliates. WellPoint and its affiliates cover more than 900,000
vision enrollees through a nationwide network of more than 35,000
independent and retail providers.
"Jeff has developed a consistent record of excellence managing
WellPoint's Specialty products, and he will do the same growing Vision,"
said Derek Bridges, President of WellPoint's Dental and Vision lines.
Spahr has worked on a variety of endeavors since joining WellPoint in
2001, including the implementation of the organization's Sarbanes-Oxley
compliance program. A Certified Public Accountant, Spahr earned his MBA
from Pepperdine University and bachelors degree in business administration
from California State University, Chico.
About WellPoint, Inc.
WellPoint's (NYSE: WLP) mission is to improve the lives of the people
it serves and the health of its communities. WellPoint, Inc. is the largest
health benefits company in terms of commercial membership in the United
States. Through its nationwide networks, the company delivers a number of
leading health benefit solutions through a broad portfolio of integrated
health care plans and related services, along with a wide range of
specialty products such as life and disability insurance benefits, pharmacy
benefit management, dental, vision, behavioral health benefit services, as
well as long term care insurance and flexible spending accounts.
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, WellPoint is an independent
licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its
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 Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City
metropolitan and surrounding counties and as Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue
Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the
Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through
UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at
SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.