Guardian Life Insurance Company of America has picked Joan Bancroft to be president of its Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America unit.[@@]

Bancroft, who started out in field compensation at Berkshire, Pittsfield, Mass., in 1970, has been the company’s senior vice president of information technology and claims.

Berkshire is a unit of Guardian, New York, that sells individual disability insurance, long term care insurance and multi-life disability insurance.

Bancroft has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado Women’s College, an affiliate of the University of Denver.