Wells Fargo Insurance Executive Recognized As Industry Leader

Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), announced today that Liliana Salazar, senior vice president with its National Employee Benefits Practice and based in Torrance, California, was named one of the Top 25 “Women to Watch” by Business Insurance ®, a leading publication in the insurance industry.

The “Women to Watch” honor is awarded annually to recognize influential female leaders and executives who provide exemplary work in the fields of insurance, risk management and employee benefits. The honorees are selected based on evaluation by Business Insurance ® editors and are judged based on recent achievements, influence in the field and contributions to the advancement of women in the workplace. The 2013 “Women to Watch” Awards Luncheon was held today in New York where current and past honorees came together to celebrate the achievements of women within the industry.

"On behalf of Wells Fargo Insurance, we are excited Liliana has been honored as one of the ‘Women to Watch’ by Business Insurance,” said Laura Schupbach, head of Wells Fargo Insurance. “As healthcare reform continues to alter the employee benefits landscape, Liliana’s continued leadership, industry expertise and knowledge of the law have helped many organizations understand and feel more confident about their benefits planning. She is an invaluable resource to both our customers and Wells Fargo Insurance.”

In her role, Salazar specializes in employee benefits compliance, directing a team dedicated to providing guidance and resources to advise employers on their benefits responsibilities under federal, state, and local laws, including defined contribution plans and consumer driven health care plans. Salazar was also instrumental in developing Wells Fargo’s Health Care Reform Analyzer (HCRA) tool 1, a solution available to Wells Fargo Insurance’s clients and prospects, to help organizations forecast the financial impact of the ACA on their employee benefit plans. Salazar is a frequent speaker at various industry events relating to healthcare reform.

About Wells Fargo Insurance

Wells Fargo Insurance 2 is the fifth largest insurance broker in the world (Business Insurance, 2013). With 124 offices in 36 states including D.C., Wells Fargo Insurance provides solutions for a wide range of customers, including retail consumers, high net worth individuals, small businesses, as well as middle market and large corporate customers. The 6,600 insurance professionals of Wells Fargo Insurance write or place $15 billion of risk premiums annually in property, casualty, benefits, international, personal lines, and life products and also includes the nation’s largest crop insurance provider, Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS).

About Wells Fargo & Company

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.

About Business Insurance ®

In print, online and in custom e-mail news alert products, Business Insurance reports on risk management, risk financing, employee benefits management and workers compensation. Business Insurance is read by corporate risk and benefit executives as well as financial and administrative executives. Its audience also includes insurance brokers, agents, consultants, insurers, reinsurers, and others concerned with corporate insurance, risk management, alternative risk financing, employee benefits, workers compensation and reinsurance. Circulation is 45,594. It is published by Crain Communications Inc.

1 Health Care Reform Analyzer for Wells Fargo customers is powered by CHROME Compass® technology under license from Benefit Harbor, LP and ContinuousHealth, LLC.

2 Ranking includes Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc., Wells Fargo Insurance Services of West Virginia, Inc., Wells Fargo Insurance, Inc., and Rural Community Insurance Company

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