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September 5, 2012

HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE NAMES

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

The Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange has completed the staffing of its executive leadership team with the hiring of a Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Chair of the Exchange's board of directors.

COO Peter Van Loon comes to the Exchange with more than 25 years of experience in health care technology and finance operations, including leadership roles at ConnectiCare, EDS and Aetna. A former Captain in the U.S. Navy, Van Loon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity College and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

CFO Steven Sigal is a CPA with more than 35 years of finance experience. His background includes senior finance positions for Aetna and Travelers, including several involving turnaround and start-up efforts. He also was an Audit Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers . Sigal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Georgetown University, and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Created in 2011 to implement elements of the federal Affordable Care Act, the Exchange is a quasi-public entity governed by a 14-member Board of Directors, which by 2014 will offer individuals and businesses a choice of health coverage plans.

Along with Sigal and Van Loon, the Exchange's executive leadership team includes:

  • Kevin Counihan - Chief Executive Officer
  • Jim Wadleigh - Chief Information Officer
  • Jason Madrak - Director of Marketing & Consumer Outreach
  • Julie Lyons - Director of Policy & Plan Management, and
  • Virginia Lamb - General Counsel
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