Jackson National Life Insurance Company has appointed Gary Rudnicki head of recruiting. In his new role, Rudnicki, 52, will have responsibility for Jackson’s nation-wide talent acquisition initiatives. He will continue to be based in Lansing at the company’s national headquarters, and will report to Jim Sopha, Jackson’s chief operating officer.

“Jackson’s rapid growth and the sophisticated technology demands of our business require a consistent and dedicated focus on attracting and retaining top talent,” said Sopha. “Gary’s broad experience at Jackson in the areas of technology and recruiting will be a major asset to the organization as we continue to expand our capabilities and cultivate the next generation of Jackson’s leadership.”

Jackson has added more than 200 professionals across its domestic operating units in 2011 and anticipates similar expansion of its workforce in 2012.

Rudnicki will work in tandem with senior management to expand and enhance Jackson’s recruiting strategy, with particular emphasis on attracting top-tier candidates for the company’s Systems and Programming, Operations and Finance teams. He will also assume primary responsibility for organizing and overseeing Jackson’s on-boarding initiatives for new associates across the organization.

Rudnicki previously held the position of assistant vice president of IT Automation Systems at Jackson, where he was responsible for various technology initiatives and oversaw the company’s IT recruiting programs, targeting top students at select universities across the country. He has worked for Jackson for 16 years and has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Prior to working at Jackson, Rudnicki spent 10 years at Alexander Hamilton Life in Policy Administration and Agency systems. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Oakland University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wayne State University.