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Independence Blue Cross appoints Susan S. Kozik senior vice president and chief information officer

Industry veteran joins executive leadership, runs IT operations

Philadelphia, PA - May 10, 2012 - Independence Blue Cross (IBC) today announced that Susan S. Kozik has joined the company as senior vice president and chief information officer.

As IBC’s CIO, Kozik provides strategic direction and leadership in planning and implementing IBC’s transformative IT solutions. She will also develop a vision for how IBC will use technology to distinguish itself as a health care leader in our region. Kozik reports to the executive vice president and chief transformation officer at IBC, Yvette Bright.

Kozik has more than 25 years of information technology experience in insurance, financial services, and energy industries. She was most recently vice president and CIO of Direct Energy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and prior to that, Kozik spent a year leading the Smart Grid IT Transformation program at OGE Energy Corporation in Oklahoma, entering the energy business after a successful career predominantly in financial services and insurance. Before joining OGE, she served as executive vice president and chief technology officer at TIAA-CREF and led all IT strategy and application portfolio management and operations. Kozik also held CIO positions at CIGNA, Penn Mutual, and Lucent.

Kozik was recognized by the industry for her innovative use of technology with CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 Award, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Blue Diamond Award, and Hewlett-Packard’s Innovation Award. She was recognized as one of the top 20 non-bank women in finance by US Banker.

Kozik graduated from Bates College in Maine, and was the first recipient of the college’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award. She serves on the corporate advisory board of the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska and on the board of trustees of Bates College where she chairs the admissions and financial aid committee.

About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.1 million people. For 74 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit us at Fan us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter@ibx.

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