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Distinguished Speaker Series

Ben LytleL. Ben Lytle
Healthcare Entrepreneur

Healthcare Business Opportunities Arising from Demographic Shifts

5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
January 22, 2008
Berger Auditorium, McClelland Hall

About L. Ben Lytle

L. Ben Lytle has been a healthcare entrepreneur for over 30 years.  He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AXIA Health Management, LLC until its sale to Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ) in December, 2006.  He continues as a consultant and a board member of Healthways. Mr. Lytle and his son Hugh founded Axia in 2004 which became the nation’s largest provider of wellness services.  Mr. Lytle and Hugh are presently researching their next venture.

Previously, Mr. Lytle was Chairman and CEO of Anthem, Inc. which acquired WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE) in 2004 and assumed the WellPoint name, becoming a Fortune 50 company with revenues over $40 billion.  Mr. Lytle joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana in 1976, then with revenues under $1 billion.  He rose through the executive ranks to become COO in 1982 and CEO in 1989. Under Mr. Lytle’s leadership, BCBS of Indiana was transformed through a series of mergers and acquisitions to form Anthem, a $16B revenue Fortune 500 company. During this same time period, he built, took public, and sold Acordia, Inc. (NYSE) as an Anthem subsidiary, which at the time was the world’s 7th largest insurance broker. Mr. Lytle retired as CEO of Anthem in 1999, continued as Chairman until 2004, and remains its Chairman Emeritus.

Mr. Lytle’s entrepreneurial leadership and innovative strategies were cited by Tom Peters in his book Liberation Management, in the book What Happy Companies Know, and in several periodicals. He is a frequent guest lecturer on healthcare and strategic planning.

Mr. Lytle has been an advocate for healthy lifestyles and market based healthcare reform his entire career.  He has authored numerous speeches, newspaper and magazine articles; provided testimony to Congress and state legislatures; chaired Indiana’s Health Care Commission; and served on President Clinton’s Commission on Consumer Protection and Healthcare Quality.

A Texas native, he graduated with a B.S. in psychology from Texas A&M in 1970 and a J.D. from Indiana University in 1980.

Mr. Lytle serves on the Eller College National Board of Advisors, Genstar Capital’s Strategic Advisory Committee, the boards of directors of Duke REIT (NYSE), Monaco Coach Corporation (NYSE), and Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Lytle is an adjunct fellow and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Enterprise Institute of Washington, D.C. and the recipient of The University of Arizona’s 2004 Executive of the Year Award.

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