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HEALTHY CHOICE Eric L. Settle is the new senior vice president and general counsel for AmeriChoice Corp. Settle, 40, joined the Vienna, Va.-based health care insurer on March 11 from Aetna US HealthCare, where he was general counsel for the mid-Atlantic region overseeing compliance. He also spent three years as health care counsel to former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. At AmeriChoice, Settle will supervise five lawyers and three paralegals. His first task is to integrate AmeriChoice’s two legal departments, which are currently divided into litigators in New York and nonlitigators in Vienna. The integration, he says, is an important step toward “professional development and cross-fertilization.” Ultimately, his goal is to help his lawyers develop skills as business counselors. Through state contracts, AmeriChoice’s health plans provide managed care to 370,000 Medicaid and Medicare recipients on the East Coast. Settle was introduced to health care through an appointment to a hospital board and then asked for the health care portfolio when he worked for Ridge. At Aetna, part of his role was solving problems — most notably, in Texas, when the state Department of Justice raised antitrust concerns over Aetna’s deal with Prudential. “After spending a year integrating the two companies, Justice stepped in to say you’re too big,” says Settle. He designed the plan to save the deal by spinning off a previous Aetna acquisition. Settle speculates that being the top legal officer may have new dimensions in the post-Enron environment: “Enron is going to make a lot of honest companies go through a lot of hoops.” Looking to the future, Settle says he would not rule out a political career: “I’ve seen the good things public service can do.” But now is a time to be practical and closer to his family. “It’s a time to help build this company,” he says. His career advice: “Be involved. … The focus on public service helps give you a bigger picture.” NEW FRONTIER David Sislowski has become vice president and general counsel at Denver-based Frontier Airlines Inc., the second-largest carrier out of Denver International Airport. Frontier, which was resurrected from a bankrupt airline of the same name in 1994, now operates 170 daily flights, serving 18 of the most popular links from Denver. Sislowski, 50, joined the company on April 1, having previously been senior vice president and general counsel for Alexander Financial, an investment firm based in Castle Rock, Colo. Sislowski and his one staff attorney will be busy transitioning Frontier’s aircraft to a standardized Airbus fleet. Sislowski says he was introduced to aviation finance as a law firm associate and then moved in-house to MetLife Capital Corp. There he became more involved with aspects of corporate governance, yet still managed to cultivate aviation experience supervising several aircraft transactions. “Once you get jet fuel in your veins, it’s hard to stay away,” he says. Sislowski admits that he had concerns about moving away from being a “pure lawyer” when his position progressed into an executive role as a vice president. But, ultimately, that allowed him “to be an operations manager, but still see the institution from the inside.” He landed the role at Frontier on a long shot. Having read in a paper an article about the company and its direction, Sislowski sent a letter of interest to CEO Jeff Potter. A phone call from the company followed, saying, “We just happen to be in search for a general counsel.”

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