Transamerica Insurance & Investment Group has hired James Hahn to be vice president of sales.

Hahn previously was a national sales manager at Lincoln Benefit Life Insurance Company, Lincoln, Neb., for life insurance products and fixed annuities sold through brokerage agencies, according to Transamerica, Los Angeles, a unit of AEGON N.V., The Hague, Netherlands,

Lincoln Benefit Life is a unit of Allstate Corp., Northbrook, Ill. (NYSE:ALL).

In other personnel changes news:

- Investment Centers of America Inc., Bismarck, N.D., has hired Mark Brakel to be a senior vice president and key account manager.

Brakel previously was chief investment officer at Bank Forward, Grand Forks, N.D., according to ICA, an affiliate of Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Lansing, Mich., which is, in turn, a unit of Prudential P.L.C., London.

Brakel also has previously been a national sales manager at ICA

Brakel holds the Certified Financial Planner professional designation.

- P&R Dental Strategies Inc., New York, a dental benefits cost containment firm, has hired Linda Patrick to be director of sales for the Western Region.

Patrick, who will be based in Simi Valley, Calif., previously was manager of dental and vision compliance at WellPoint Dental Services, Camarillio, Calif., a unit of WellPoint Inc., Indianapolis.

- Maddock Douglass Inc., Chicago, a product development firm, has hired Maria Umbach to be vice president of financial services innovation.

Umbach previously was vice president and chief marketing officer at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York. She also has been vice president of life insurance marketing at Prudential Financial Inc., Newark, N.J.

Umbach has a master’s degree in business from Hofstra University. She holds the Chartered Life Underwriter designation from the American College.

- Lockton Companies L.L.C., Kansas City, Mo., has hired Thomas Schmidt to be a vice president in its Chicago employee benefits practice.

Schmidt has been a principal and benefits practice leader at Mercer, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., New York (NYSE:MMC).

Schmidt has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Iowa, a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a master’s degree in business from the University of Chicago. He holds the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter professional designations.