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Aetna's Lead Director Edward J. Ludwig Named To 2012 NACD Directorship 100

Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced that Edward J. Ludwig, the independent lead director of Aetna’s Board of Directors and chair of its Investment and Finance Committee, has been named to the 2012 National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100 in recognition of his exemplary leadership in the boardroom and promoting the highest standards of corporate governance. The NACD Directorship 100 recognizes the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community.

“Ed has exhibited his commitment to the highest principles of board leadership in the nine years he has served on our Board,” said Aetna Chairman, CEO and President Mark T. Bertolini. “He has earned this prestigious honor from the NACD, and we thank him for his dedication and hard work on behalf of Aetna’s shareholders.”

“The NACD Directorship 100 honorees represent the most influential leaders who set the right tone in the boardroom, enabling sustainable growth and innovation around the globe,” said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD. “These stewards of exemplary board leadership serve as role models for others, and it is important for NACD to recognize their contributions in the boardroom and to corporate governance.”

Ludwig is a former chairman, CEO and president of Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of the Holy Cross and chairs the Advisory Board of the Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. He also serves as a director of Xylem, Inc. and Project Hope.

The 2012 NACD honorees will be recognized during a gala dinner at the sixth annual NACD Directorship 100 Forum on Nov. 27 in New York City.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership. Based on 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets and provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business challenges and enhance shareowner value. With more than 13,000 corporate director members, NACD provides world-class director education, director training and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor confidence. Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led conferences, forums and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org. To join, please contact Kelly Dodd at kkdodd@NACDonline.org or 202-380-1891.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.3 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 and health information technology services. Our 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. For more information, see www.aetna.com.



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