GMS Announces New President and CEO

REGINA, SK, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of Group Medical Services (GMS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David Blodgett as the President and Chief Executive Officer of GMS and GMS Insurance Inc. effective February 6, 2012.

Mr. Blodgett joins GMS from the BMO Life Assurance Company (formerly AIG Life of Canada) in Toronto. With a career that spans over 27 years in the life and health insurance industry, Mr. Blodgett brings a wealth of experience to GMS. He has spent a significant portion of his career leading sales, marketing, and underwriting teams in the group life and health divisions of large national insurance carriers. He has also managed global client relationships.

At AIG Life, Mr. Blodgett was a member of the senior management team, serving as Vice President, Head of Group Insurance Operations. He had full accountability for the group insurance division's results, including: sales, marketing, administration, claims, reinsurance, strategy development and execution, and financial reporting. While the division was under his leadership, it experienced significant growth—more than tripling revenues while achieving positive growth in operating income. Prior to his time at AIG Life, Mr. Blodgett was Director, Group Underwriting at Crown Life in Regina. He credits his success to building highly effective teams of employees internally and effectively managing external partnerships.

"I'm delighted to be joining GMS at such an important stage in its growth across the country. I look forward to working with the current management team and staff at GMS to continue to grow the scale of what is already one of Canada's top providers of health, travel and group insurance. I'm also looking forward to moving back to Regina," Mr. Blodgett comments.

Mr. Blodgett takes over from interim GMS President and CEO George Tsiklis.


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SOURCE Group Medical Services

For further information:

Contact:
Awelana Akeriwe
Communications, Coordinator
aakeriwe@gms.ca
Tel: 306.790.4320

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