San Francisco - Karen Vigil was appointed senior VP and CEO of Blue Shield of California's Individual, Small Group and Government Business Unit (ISGBU) where she had served as the unit's interim leader since October 2006. Vigil originally joined Blue Shield as a consulting member of the executive team, supporting the development of the company's strategic plan between 2003 and 2005. In her new position, she is responsible for the overall operating results from products and services for individual, small group and government markets, including Medicare. With 25 years of healthcare experience, Vigil served most recently as a consultant specializing in interim leadership roles within various organizations. Prior to joining Blue Shield, she was the COO for Medica Health Plans in Minneapolis, Minn., and previously served in the same position at Premera Blue Cross in Seattle, Wash. She is a former member of the WellPoint executive team responsible for the strategy development and implementation of the company's first public offering, and served in various capacities with Deloitte and Touche. Source: Blue Shield of California

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