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Jan K. Grude Appointed President and CEO of Pacific Blue Cross

Pacific Blue Cross is pleased to announce the appointment of Jan K. Grude as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Grude succeeds Kenneth G. Martin, who will retire on September 30, 2013, after ten years of leadership at Pacific Blue Cross and a distinguished career of 42 years within the health benefits and insurance industry.

“On behalf of the Board of Pacific Blue Cross, I would like to thank Ken for his innumerable contributions to the organization and his unwavering commitment through the transformation of the company over the past 10 years. His vision and stewardship has made Pacific Blue Cross a true leader in this industry today,” said Dr. Malcolm Williamson, Chairman of the Board.

He added, “We welcome Jan Grude to Pacific Blue Cross and are confident with his leadership we will best serve our clients, communities, business and healthcare partners, as well as our employees, and most importantly our overall goal to have a positive impact on the health of the 1.5 million British Columbians who are our customers”.

Mr. Grude brings a wealth of strategic, transformative and international business experience to Pacific Blue Cross. With over 25 years of experience, his acumen spans private and public sectors and several industries including financial services, insurance, health care, professional services, manufacturing, utilities and energy.

Jan previously served as the CEO of Healthcare Benefit Trust, the largest Health Trust of its kind in Canada, and provider of health benefits to over 100,000 employees and their dependents in British Columbia. Prior to that he held the position of President and Executive Managing Director of Buck Consultants LLC, the global benefits advisory firm and subsidiary of ACS Inc. of Dallas, Texas. Previous positions held by Mr. Grude include President of ACS/Buck Consultants Ltd. (Canada), President of Mellon Financial Corporation’s Canadian operations, National Managing Partner of Watson Wyatt & Company Canada and Partner with Ernst & Young LLP.

“I look forward to joining Pacific Blue Cross and to have the opportunity to lead an organization with such a solid commitment to service excellence, positive health outcomes and community relations. From our front line customer service to our new information and administration technologies we will strive, together as a team and with our partners, to achieve the highest levels of performance possible,” said Jan Grude.

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