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Mary Brainerd Joins Bremer Financial Corporation Board of Directors

St. Paul, Minn. – February 6, 2014 - Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners, will join the Bremer Financial Corporation Board of Directors. Brainerd held several senior level positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota prior to joining HealthPartners in 1992. As president and CEO, Brainerd leads more than 22,000 employees in the HealthPartners integrated system, which includes a care delivery system with more than 1,700 physicians at nearly 140 primary, specialty and urgent care clinics, six hospitals, a large dental practice, 1.4 million members in top-rated medical and dental health plans and HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research.

Brainerd grew up in St. Paul and has been actively involved in the Twin Cities community. She is one of the founding CEOs and former Chair of the Itasca Project, a group of 40 government, civic and business leaders addressing the issues that impact long-term economic growth, including jobs, education, transportation and economic disparities. She also serves on the boards of Minnesota Life/Securian, Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and SelectHealth. Brainerd previously served on the Federal Reserve Board as a Class C Director (2008-11) and chair (2012-13).

She has received many honors throughout her career, including being named to the 100 Most Influential in Health Care by Modern Health Care (2013), Top 75 Most Influential People in the Twin Cities by Minnesota Monthly (2013), the Caux Roundtable Award for outstanding citizenship (2012), induction into the Twin Cities Business Hall of Fame (2011), induction into the Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest’s Business Hall of Fame (2010), Executive of the Year from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and the University of St. Thomas Award for Ethical Leadership.

“Mary is an outstanding business leader and over the past 22 years has led HealthPartners to strong financial results and growth,” said Terry Cummings, former Bremer Financial Corporation CEO and current BFC Board Chair. “She understands how to manage through complex issues in a rapidly changing business environment. Mary will be a wonderful advisor for Bremer’s senior leadership and we are excited to have her join our board of directors.”

The other members of the BFC Board of Directors include: Pat Donovan, Charlotte Johnson (Otto Bremer Foundation Trustee), Brian Lipschultz (Otto Bremer Foundation Trustee), Dan Reardon (Otto Bremer Foundation Trustee), Terry Cummings (former CEO of Bremer Financial Corporation and current BFC Board Chair), Terry Glarner (Venture Capitalist) and Ron James (President and CEO of Center for Ethical Business Cultures).

Bremer Financial Corporation
Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held, $8.7 billion regional financial services company owned by its employees and the Otto Bremer Foundation. Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and provides a comprehensive range of banking, investment, trust and insurance services to its locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The Foundation uses its share of dividends to distribute charitable grants to Bremer Bank communities. In 2013, $38 million in charitable donations were given across the Bremer footprint and employees donated more than 100,000 volunteer hours to their communities. For more information, go to Bremer.com.