Richard J. Harrington To Join Aetna Board Of Directors

HARTFORD, Conn., September 26, 2008 — Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced today that Richard J. Harrington, chairman of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, has been appointed to Aetna's Board of Directors, effective immediately.  With the addition of Harrington, 61, the company's board increases to 13 members.

"Aetna is very fortunate to have Dick Harrington joining our Board of Directors," Chairman and CEO Ronald A. Williams said.  "He has wide-ranging global business experience, a strong knowledge of companies' use of integrated information solutions and strategic insights into how best to serve customers. These qualities should serve the company well."

Prior to the acquisition of Reuters Group PLC by The Thomson Corporation in April 2008, Harrington served as president and CEO of The Thomson Corporation (business technology and integrated information solutions).   He held a number of senior leadership positions within Thomson since 1982, including CEO of Thomson Newspapers and CEO of Thomson Professional Publishing.

Harrington began his professional career with Arthur Young & Co. (public accounting firm) in 1972, where he became a licensed C.P.A.  In 2002, he was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Rhode Island, from which he holds a B.S. degree in Accounting.  In 2007, he received the "Legend in Leadership" award from the Yale University Chief Executive Leadership Institute, the "CEO of the Year" award from the Executive Council and the "Man of the Year" award from the National Executive Council for his many philanthropic activities.

Harrington is a director of Xerox Corporation, Milliken & Co., the Norwalk Community College Foundation and the University of Rhode Island Foundation.

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.2 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. See

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