Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Sean Dilweg has appointed Kimberly Shaul to be the state’s deputy insurance commissioner.

Shaul previously was claims director at American Family Mutual Insurance Company, Madison, Wis., a company that sells life and health products as well as property-casualty insurance.

Shaul also has been a p-c litigation attorney at American Family and director of the company’s life and health compliance operation.

Early in Shaul’s career she was a messenger for the Wisconsin State Assembly.

In other personnel news:

- New York Life Insurance Company, New York, has given 3 life and annuity executives new jobs.

New York Life has named Sam Goldfinger special advisor to Ted Mathas, the company’s chief operating officer.

Goldfinger previously was chief operating officer for life and annuities.

New York Life is promoting Christopher Blunt to succeed Goldfinger as life and annuities COO.

Blunt previously was executive vice president of New York Life Investment Management, where he was in charge of retail investments, marketing and information technology.

New York Life has named Paul Pasteris senior vice president for market development and strategic planning for life and annuity operations.

Pasteris previously was senior vice president for retirement income. He also has been president of the financial products division at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, Mass.

Goldfinger has a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.

Blunt has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

Pasteris has a bachelor’s degree in management from Duke University.

- CIGNA HealthCare, Bloomfield, Conn., a unit of CIGNA Corp., Philadelphia, has hired Brett Browchuk to be senior vice president of service operations.

Browchuk previously was a managing director at Putnam Investments, Boston.

Browchuk has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hobart & William Smith College. He is a member of the operating committee at the Investment Company Institute, Washington, and a member of the quality of markets committee at NASDAQ.

Browchuk is a past director of the Boston Stock Exchange.

- Great-West Healthcare, Greenwood Village, Colo., a unit of Power Corp. of Canada, Montreal, has hired Neil Waldron to be senior vice president of group health.

Waldron previously was head of sales and marketing for small and middle markets at Aetna Inc., Hartford.

Waldron also managed sales and marketing for Aetna’s Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, North Central, Southeast, Southwest and West regions.

Waldron has a bachelor’s degree in history from Eisenhower College.

- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Chicago, a unit of Health Care Service Corp., has hired Kevin O’Neill to be senior vice president of the health care management division.

O’Neill previously was the vice president in charge of the program management office at CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maryland, a unit of CareFirst Inc., Owings Mills, Md.

O’Neill has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola College in Baltimore.

- Protective Life Corp., Birmingham, Ala., has promoted Deborah Long and Carl Thigpen to executive vice president.

Long is Protective’s general counsel, and Thigpen is the company chief mortgage and real estate officer.

- National Planning Holdings Inc., Santa Monica, Calif., a broker-dealer arm of Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Lansing, Mich., has promoted Jim Miller to be senior vice president of operations.

Miller previously was president of National Planning’s SII Investments Inc. broker-dealer subsidiary.

National Planning also has promoted Todd Kinart, senior vice president of new business development at SII, to succeed Miller as president of the subsidiary.

Miller has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Kinart has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jackson National is a unit of Prudential P.L.C., London.

- Lincoln National Corp., Philadelphia, has announced several executive changes.

The company has promoted James Ryan to senior vice president and head of relationship management for Lincoln Financial Distributors, from senior vice president and account executive in the independent planner channel at Lincoln Financial Distributors relationship management operation.

The company also has hired Amy Mathis to be a senior vice president and account executive in the distribution company’s relationship management operation.

Mathis previously was a senior vice president and senior account manager in a Boston-based asset management unit of Wachovia Corp., Charlotte, N.C.

Meanwhile, Lincoln National has hired 3 executives for its Lincoln employer markets group insurance operation, which includes operations acquired along with Jefferson-Pilot Corp., Greensboro, N.C.

Lincoln National has hired Timothy Bird to be assistant vice president of risk services at the employer markets group. Bird, who will work in the group’s Omaha office, previously was assistant director of PRISM Operations at Hartford Life Insurance Company, a unit of Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Hartford.

The company has hired Paul Martin to be a vice president in the group’s employee care center services operation.

Martin, who will work in Omaha, previously was site head of the disability service center at Aetna Inc., Hartford.

Lincoln National also has hired Edie Moore to be an assistant vice president in the Atlanta disability care center.

Moore, who will work in Atlanta, previously was a vice president in the claims operation at Amerigroup Corp., Virginia Beach, Va.

- LifeSecure Insurance Company, Brighton, Mich., a long term care insurance unit of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit, has promoted Brian Vestergaard to vice president of sales and marketing and hired Graham Smith to be the company’s director of sales and marketing.

Vestergaard has been director of sales and marketing at LifeSecure since 1995.

Vestergaard has 2 bachelor’s degrees from Purdue University and a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Smith previously was director of marketing and development at Care choices, Farmington Hills, Mich., a health maintenance organization plan.

Smith has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

- Diversified Investment Advisors Inc. New York, a company that advises retirement plans on investments, has hired Dan Brennan to be vice president of Taft-Hartley plan sales.

Brennan previously sold Taft-Hartley plans at a unit of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, Mass.

Brennan has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Providence College and a master’s degree in finance from Fordham University.

- Trion Group Inc., King of Prussia, Pa., has hired Robert Shestack to be national practice leader for voluntary benefits.

Shestack previously was senior vice president of strategic development at Univers Workplace Benefits, Hammonton, N.J.

- HessMorganHouse L.L.C., Princeton, N.J., a life insurance consulting firm, has hired Andrea Katz to be president of a new HMH Communications consulting arm.

Katz previously worked for the consulting arm of Aon Corp., Chicago.