May 3, 2017

Communications & Stakeholder Relations
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Brad W. Pacheco, Deputy Executive Officer
Wayne Davis, Chief, Office of Public Affairs
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SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) today named Liana Bailey-Crimmins its chief health director.

Bailey-Crimmins, who has been interim chief health director since December 2016, permanently takes over the position overseeing the CalPERS Health Benefits and Long-Term Care programs. Prior to assuming her interim position, she was the CalPERS chief information officer in charge of the Information Technology Services Branch. She replaces Doug McKeever, who left in December for a position with Covered California, the California health exchange.

"Liana's service to CalPERS over the years has been invaluable in helping us advance our technology goals, and she made a smooth transition to overseeing the continued successful implementation of our health benefits program," said Marcie Frost, CalPERS chief executive officer. "Her extensive administrative background, leadership ability, and successful tenure in her current interim position make her a logical choice for the complex role she will play in developing innovative health policies in the future."

CalPERS is the second largest purchaser of health care in the country after the federal government, serving more than 1.4 million members and spending nearly $9 billion a year providing health care benefits.

Bailey-Crimmins joined CalPERS as chief information officer in August 2013 and has more than 28 years of public sector experience. Before joining CalPERS, she served as the information technology director and CIO of the California Correctional Health Care Services. She also has served as the project director of the California Information Technology Infrastructure Project.

In 2015, she was honored with the prestigious CIO of the Year award from the California CIO Academy. Other honors include recognition for her work on correctional services' Telemedicine Program, which helped win the 2012 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award, and the Best of California award in the Government Technology Digital Internal category in 2011.

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for State, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.8 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for more than 1.4 million members and their families in our health program, making us the largest defined-benefit public pension in the U.S.  CalPERS' total fund market value currently stands at approximately $319 billion. For more information, visit