Cigna HealthCare has appointed Julia Huggins as president for its mid-Atlantic market, which includes Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.

Ms Huggins has joined the company in 1999 as assistant vice president for sales effectiveness before becoming the senior vice president of the mid-Atlantic sales and customer service team in 2004. Prior to Cigna, she had a 14-year career with Aetna, holding many positions that gave her expertise in group underwriting, national accounts, pension and financial services and financial management.

Tom Martel, regional vice president of North East Region at Cigna HealthCare, said: “Julia is a proven leader and has worked successfully in the Mid-Atlantic market for many years to help our clients and customers improve their health and productivity.

“Her vast experience and diverse background brings a valuable outlook on how we work with our customers, helping us to further grow our business and look for new ways to enhance the service we provide to employers in this area.”

Cigna is a health service company. Its subsidiaries provide medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance.