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Humana's Bonnie C. Hathcock Named 2007 HR Executive of the Year

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Friday, October 12, 2007 11:47 am EDT

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced today that Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Bonnie C. Hathcock has been named HR Executive magazines 2007 HR Executive of the Year. The award was announced and celebrated at a black-tie dinner yesterday in Chicago.

In making their selection, judges evaluated candidates in a number of areas: success in establishing the human resources function as an integral part of the company, demonstrated leadership skills and contributions to the HR profession as a whole. Hathcock was selected by the judges from a group of distinguished HR executives across all industries nationwide.

Bonnie excels at identifying exceptional talent and fostering an environment where people flourish, said Michael B. McCallister, Humanas president and chief executive officer. Through her leadership, Humana has become a place that welcomes innovative thinkers, encourages professional growth, and engages associates to create value for its customers. Our human capital is a competitive asset, and Bonnie is at the center of that achievement.

I am honored to receive this award and thank the judges and HR Executive Magazine, Hathcock said. It has been very rewarding to help create a culture of innovation that drives business results. In the knowledge economy, a companys success depends on value creation. Engaged associates are essential to that, and their engagement is a product of the value a company places on their competencies and contributions. Im looking forward to working with our leadership and with my talented team of associates in HR to continue driving associate engagement at Humana.

Hathcock joined Humana in 1999 as senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Shortly thereafter, she was responsible for the creation of MOCHA, Humanas internal benefit structure designed to offer More Options and Choices for Humana Associates. This initiative was a pivotal moment in the evolution of Humanas consumerism focus, partnering with Humana associates to better understand health care consumers and address challenges of cost and access -- challenges Humana itself faced. Humana established a business model of laboratory to showcase, an innovative approach to developing health benefits which has lowered costs and improved experience for Humanas members and made the company an industry leader.

Hathcock has also championed the transformation of Humanas culture, achieving change through a focus on leadership and professional development. Guided by the idea that associate value creates customer value which in turn leads to shareholder value, she instituted a comprehensive learning environment for all associates. She also created the Humana Leadership Institute to expand the capabilities of the companys leaders. Since its creation, more than 2,000 leaders have attended specialized programs designed to build business knowledge and leadership capabilities.

Hathcock came to Humana after serving as vice president of human resources and development for US Airways from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, she served as the vice president of human resources for Siemens Rolm Communications, a role to which she was appointed after her success in sales and marketing with Xerox Corporation. Hathcock credits Siemens executive Peter Pribilla with believing in her capabilities and allowing her career to follow new directions.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 11.3 million medical members. Humana offers a diversified portfolio of health insurance products and related services through traditional and consumer-choice plans to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.

Over its 46-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the companys web site at http://www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders;
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings;
  • Most recent investor conference presentations;
  • Quarterly earnings news releases;
  • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls;
  • Calendar of events (includes upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors);
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Bonnie C. Hathcock, Sr. VP and Chief Human Resources Officer of Humana Inc. named HR Executive magazine's 2007 HR Executive of the Year (Photo: Business Wire)

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Humana Corporate Communications
Tom Noland, 502-580-3674
tnoland@humana.com