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Healthways Promotes Matt Michela to Chief Operating Officer

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Matt Michela, who has for two years served Healthways (NASDAQ:HWAY) as market executive officer, has been named chief operating officer of the company. Michela will assume responsibility for Healthways’ commercial health plan, specialized health plan and employer market strategies and execution. He will also continue to oversee the company’s centralized operations functions to ensure seamless growth and execution across Healthways’ markets.

“Matt’s proven track record of clearing a path to excellence and delivering on promised value in the health plan, health system, provider and care management markets makes him uniquely qualified for the role,” said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer, to whom Michela will report. “We congratulate him on his new position and look forward to working with him to drive long-term profitable growth.”

Michela originally joined Healthways in 2000 as senior vice president, where he was responsible for the company’s disease management operations, including efficiently scaling the business to support expansion, retaining customers, managing external executive relationships and closing new business. From 2004 through 2013, Michela founded several companies, including CellNexus LLC, a gene and cell therapy company, 2MPLUS, Inc., a healthcare management services company, and Care Management International, Inc., a healthcare services and technology company focused on providing clinical knowledge-based solutions to reduce care and administrative costs and improve healthcare quality.

About Healthways

Healthways is the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans, communities and government entities. We provide highly specific and personalized support for each individual and their team of experts to optimize each participant’s health and productivity and to reduce health-related costs. Results are achieved by addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of everyone in a given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary technology infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years and now serves approximately 68 million people on four continents. Learn more at

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