– USA, CN – Aetna (NYSE:AET) announced today that former United States Senator Olympia J. Snowe has been appointed to Aetna’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. With the addition of Snowe, 67, the company’s Board increases to 13 members.

“Olympia is an admirable leader who has made significant contributions to public policy,” said Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna chairman, CEO and president. “As a member of Congress, she broke through many barriers during her career and earned respect from both sides of the aisle. Her tireless work on legislation for the American people spans many sectors including business, health care, foreign affairs, budget, commerce and women’s issues. We are honored that Olympia has joined our Board.”

Senator Snowe served in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2013, and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995. She currently is chairman and CEO of Olympia Snowe, LLC, a policy and communications consulting firm, a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she is a member of the board and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform, and a member of the board of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Snowe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Maine and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Bowdoin College, Bates College, Colby College, University of Maine, University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Northeastern University and University of New Hampshire School of Law, among others. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Snowe is the author of a book, “FIGHTING FOR COMMON GROUND: How to Fix the Stalemate in Congress.”

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates.

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