Aetna Appoints Mark T. Bertolini And James K. Foreman Executive Vice Presidents

HARTFORD, Conn., February 3, 2006 — Aetna (NYSE: ΑET) today announced the promotions of Mark T. Bertolini, 49, and James K. Foreman, 47, to be executive vice president of Regional Businesses and executive vice president of National Businesses, respectively, effective immediately. They report to Aetna President and CEO-elect Ronald A. Williams.

Bertolini is responsible for Aetna Regional Businesses, which includes the Aetna Small and Middle Market Businesses, Retiree Markets and Individual customer market segments, Network and Provider Services, ActiveHealth Management, Behavioral Health, Business Alliances, Pharmacy, e-Health and Information and the Strategic Resource Company (SRC).

Foreman is responsible for Aetna National Businesses, which includes the National Accounts Corporate, Government and Labor, and Aetna Global Benefits customer market segments, Aetna’s Medicaid business, Health-Related Financial Solutions, Group Insurance and Dental.

"I am very pleased to have two seasoned, highly-capable business executives who are exceptionally well-positioned to lead the continued profitable growth and operations of our business areas," said Williams, who will become CEO on February 14. "Mark has demonstrated true leadership and excellent strategic vision over the past three years, and he has made significant contributions both to Aetna’s turnaround and our continued profitable growth. In just one year, Jim has made a major impact on our National Accounts business by applying his highly valuable industry expertise and exceptional knowledge of the needs of large employers to our efforts to achieve customer preference.

"Mark and Jim have been instrumental in working with me to focus on growing our business by listening to our customers, understanding their needs and providing them with innovative solutions. Under their leadership, we will continue the strong focus on planning and execution that has been a hallmark of our success.

"As I broaden the scope of my responsibilities, these changes will allow us to continue our focus on the strategic enterprise initiatives that will continue to fuel Aetna’s profitable growth.

"Today’s announcement, coupled with the recent appointment of Dr. Troy Brennan as chief medical officer, affirms my confidence, and that of our board, in the strength and experience of Aetna’s leadership team," said Williams.

Bertolini joined Aetna in March 2003 as senior vice president of Specialty Products. He previously held positions of increasing responsibility with Cigna and NYLCare and had been chief executive officer of SelectCare. Foreman joined Aetna in February 2005 as senior vice president of National Accounts and Aetna Global Benefits. Previously he was global managing director of Towers Perrin’s Health and Welfare line of business.

As one of the nation’s leading providers of health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, disability and long-term care benefits, Aetna puts information and helpful resources to work for its approximately 14.65 million medical members, 13.03 million dental members, 9.34 million pharmacy members and 13.68 million group insurance members to help them make better informed decisions about their health care and protect their finances against health-related risks. Aetna provides easy access to cost-effective health care through a nationwide network of more than 700,000 health care professionals, including over 418,000 primary care and specialist doctors and 4,231 hospitals. For more information, please visit (Figures as of September 30, 2005)

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