Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America has hired Patrick Nelson to be chief suitability officer.
Nelson previously was deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce, according to Allianz Life, Golden Valley, Minn., a unit of Allianz S.E., Munich.
In other personnel news:
- WellPoint Inc., Indianapolis, says several high-level executives are leaving.
Alice Rosenblatt, WellPoint’s chief actuary, will be retiring sometime after June 30, 2008, the company says.
Cindy Miller, a WellPoint actuary who once was chief actuary at the old Anthem Inc., Indianapolis, the company that merged with WellPoint Health Networks Inc. to form WellPoint Inc., will succeed Rosenblatt as chief actuary of WellPoint Inc., WellPoint says.
Another company executive, John Watts Jr., is resigning from his position as president of the commercial and consumer business unit.
Joan Herman, who will be taking over as the president of a new consumer business unit, will be retiring from WellPoint sometime in mid-2008, WellPoint says.
In addition to the consumer business unit, WellPoint will be creating a new commercial business unit and a new “comprehensive health solutions business unit.”
The health solutions unit will focus on health quality and cost management programs.
Herman, who will serve for about half a year as the head of the consumer business unit, has been president of WellPoint’s specialty, senior and state-sponsored businesses.
WellPoint hopes have a successor in place to succeed by the time Herman retires, the company says.
Ken Goulet, who has been president of WellPoint’s national accounts business, will be the president of the commercial business unit. The unit will oversee UniCare and WellPoint’s dental, vision, life, disability and behavioral health programs as well as coverage for local group customers and national accounts, WellPoint says.
Dijuana Lewis will be president of the health solutions unit. Lewis previously was president of WellPoint’s local group business.
WellPoint has hired Brad Fluegel to be chief strategy and public affairs officer. Fluegel previously was vice president of national accounts at Aetna Inc., Hartford.
- Aetna Inc., Hartford, has picked Patricia Farrell to take over from Brad Fluegel as head of the national accounts business.
Farrell, who has been head of the Aetna government and global business, will continue to manage Medicaid programs and the Aetna global benefits business, Aetna says.