Former MetaCreations President and CEO To Lead Growth, Development and Operation of Leading Online Health Insurance Provider
Sunnyvale, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 12, 2000 — eHealthInsurance.com (www.ehealthinsurance.com), the #1 place for purchasing health insurance online, today named Gary Lauer, President and CEO. Mr. Lauer, a 21-year computing, visual technology, and Internet veteran, most recently served as Chairman, President and CEO of MetaCreations Corp. (CA) (Nasdaq: MCRE – news). The announcement was made by eHealthInsurance founder, Vip Patel, who will retain the title and responsibilities of Chairman of the company.
“Gary has the experience, the demonstrated strong leadership qualities, and vision needed to grow this exciting business,” said Joe Lacob, general partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and eHealthInsurance board member. “His specific knowledge and experience in the technology and Internet fields are a very valuable asset to lead eHealthInsurance forward.”
Mr. Lauer served as Chairman and CEO of MetaCreations Corp. for a year and a half. Under Lauer’s leadership, MetaCreations has been transitioning from a PC graphics software company to the industry’s leading e-commerce visualization company. Prior to MetaCreations, Lauer spent nine years at Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) (NYSE: SGI – news) where he was part of an executive team that grew SGI from approximately $100 million to $3.5 billion in revenue. He served in various executive capacities at SGI from 1988 to 1997 including Vice President of North American Marketing, Sr. Vice President of North American Field Operations, and President of World Trade Corporation.
Before SGI, Mr. Lauer was with IBM for eleven years where he held a variety of senior management positions which included senior management responsibility in IBM’s U.S. Marketing and Services Group. Mr. Lauer also serves as a member of several public and private board of directors. Mr. Lauer will also be joining the board of directors of eHealthInsurance.com. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from University of Southern California Business School.
“I am very enthused about the opportunity to lead eHealthInsurance.com,” said Lauer. “This is a wonderful company with great people, lots of momentum, and a large market opportunity in health insurance. We have the unique opportunity at eHealthInsurance to change and improve the way people learn about and acquire health insurance for themselves, their families, and their businesses.”
eHealthInsurance.com has established itself as the No. 1 place to purchase health insurance online. The company delivers the best customer experience for buying health insurance by offering the broadest selection of leading health plans, delivering unparalleled customer service through licensed agents, and guaranteeing the best price. eHealthInsurance.com allows people to learn that health insurance is affordable and attainable.
Founded in 1997, eHealthInsurance.com (www.ehealthinsurance.com) is the No. 1 place for purchasing health insurance online. Its technology was responsible for the nation’s first Internet-based sale of a health insurance policy. eHealthInsurance.com is funded by Dell Computer, Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, The Sprout Group, and Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners. The management team and board include former or current executives of Healtheon, Pacificare, Foundation Health, Aetna, United Healthcare, Lincoln National, MetLife and other companies in the field.
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