L. Ben Lytle
Mr. L. Ben Lytle advises the Firm in the area of healthcare. Ben is the Executive Chairman of Univita Health. He was the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AXIA Health Management, LLC until its sale to Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ) in December, 2006. Ben and his son, Hugh, founded Axia in 2004 which became the nation’s largest provider of prevention and wellness services by acquiring and integrating fitness, alternative medicine, health coaching and smoking cessation providers.

Previously, Ben was Chairman and CEO of Anthem, Inc. which acquired WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE) in 2004 and assumed the WellPoint name, becoming the nation’s largest health plan with revenues of $34 billion. In 1976, Mr. Lytle joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana, then with revenues under $1 billion. He rose through the executive ranks to become COO in 1982 and CEO in 1989. Under Ben’s leadership, BCBS of Indiana was transformed through a series of mergers and acquisitions of other Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to form Anthem, a $16B revenue Fortune 500 company. During this same time period, he created, took public, and sold Acordia, Inc. (NYSE) as an Anthem subsidiary, which became the world’s 7th largest insurance broker.

Ben’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 health care and strategic planning.

Ben has been an advocate for healthy lifestyles and market based healthcare reform his entire career. He has authored numerous newspaper and magazine articles; given hundreds of speeches on the subject; provided testimony to Congress and state legislatures; chaired Indiana’s Health Care Commission; served on President Clinton’s Commission on Consumer Protection and Healthcare Quality, and fostered free market solutions as Chairman of the Foundation for Better Health. He was also the recipient of the University of Arizona’s 2004 Executive of the Year Award.

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