Sept. 26, 2012

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Names Wendy Bateman Vice President of Consumer Marketing

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has named Wendy Bateman to the newly created position of vice president, consumer marketing. A Louisiana native and LSU graduate, Bateman most recently worked as the director of integrated marketing at Pepperidge Farm, Inc., in Norwalk, Conn. During her career with the organization, she led the development of successful retail promotions that resulted in both bottom-line and share growth of the Pepperidge Farm brand.

At Blue Cross, Bateman leads the company’s overall consumer segmentation strategy and is responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies and processes to sell individual products through the creation of new retail channels.

In addition to directing and implementing consumer marketing methods, she collaborates with management in the Sales & Marketing Division and across the company to conduct trend analysis, develop programs to build brand awareness within the individual market and improve the customer experience.

Bateman received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University with an advertising major and marketing/economics minor. She worked for Dr Pepper / 7 Up, Inc., LEGO Systems, Inc., and Metromedia Restaurant Group in Dallas before joining Pepperidge Farm.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The company and its subsidiaries provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to more than one out of every four Louisiana residents. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana employs more than 1,900 Louisianians who are committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care.

Learn more on the company's website at www.bcbsla.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluecrossla. Follow Blue Cross on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BCBSLA and CEO Mike Reitz at www.twitter.com/MikeReitzCEO