WellPoint named Dani Fjelstad president of WellPoint’s Dental business. Mike Walsh announced his retirement from WellPoint, after serving as president of the company’s Specialty Business, and previously as president of DeCare Dental since 1987. Walsh will continue supporting WellPoint in a business consulting role after his retirement, focusing on innovation and driving Specialty Business growth.
Hagan most recently served as the chief operating officer for WellPoint’s Specialty businesses. Since joining WellPoint, her role and responsibilities have included strategy development for WellPoint’s Disability/Life, Workers Compensation and Vision businesses. In her expanded role, Hagan will also be responsible for driving overall revenue and profit growth across all Specialty businesses including Dental.
Prior to joining WellPoint, Hagan served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Cigna. Hagan received her bachelor of science in Finance and Accounting from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
WellPoint’s Specialty businesses include dental, disability, life, vision and workers’ compensation.
In other industry news:
American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) named Kim Garland as chief underwriting officer for Global Consumer Insurance for AIG Property Casualty, transferring from his position as president and chief executive officer of AIG’s United Guaranty Corporation (UGC).
Garland will be responsible for the consumer book of business underwriting results globally. He will establish the risk appetite and profile for the business, and work with the business lines and regions to establish and drive the strategy for each product line. He will report to Jeff Hayman, CEO of Global Consumer Insurance.
Garland joined UGC in 2009 as chief operating officer. Before that, he spent more than 20 years in the personal lines business working for Safeco and GEICO. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Florida State University and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Donna DeMaio will succeed Garland as president and CEO of United Guaranty, reporting to Peter Hancock, chief executive officer of AIG Property Casualty.
DeMaio will be responsible for the profitability and growth of the business. Previously, she was UGC’s chief operating officer. Before that, she was president and CEO of MetLife Bank, and earlier, its chief financial officer.
Prior to joining MetLife, DeMaio was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business from Muhlenberg College.
American General Life Companies named Jeff Barker western divisional vice president. He joins American General from MetLife where he served as independent channel head – Life and managed the organization’s third-party business. Barker brings 35 years of life insurance industry experience to American General. Before his most recent role as independent channel head – Life for MetLife, he served as national sales vice president for Travelers Life & Annuity where he managed the firm’s independent life insurance business. Previously, Barker held additional roles with Travelers Life & Annuity including division sales manager, regional director and financial services manager. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College and holds Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations in addition to FINRA Series 7, 22 and 63 licenses.
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) presented awards to more than 525 of its employees around the world and grants totaling $252,250 to the community based non-profit organizations with which they volunteer.
The donations were made through two special programs that each year honor employees for the volunteer service they provide to local non-profit organizations. One program, Skills in Service Awards, selects 25 employees who best demonstrate how they have used or developed their work skills and leadership qualities while coordinating their volunteer service project. This year, 25 non-profit organizations will each receive a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation, for a total of $125,000.
The Hands for Service Awards program recognized employees who volunteered 40 hours or more with an eligible nonprofit organization. This year, 509 employees – 482 in the United States and 27 in overseas offices – each earned $250 grants for a total of $127,250 for the nonprofit organizations they volunteered with last year.
Each year, the VBA’s Voluntary Benefits Leadership Awards recognize a select group of individuals whose achievements have enhanced and brought innovation to the voluntary benefits industry.
Life insurance, pension planning and wealth creation firm BeamaLife named John Collins as senior vice president.
Collins, a 25-year veteran of business development, sales and team leadership, will helm the firm’s Large Corporations and Banks division. He will be responsible for expanding the division and accelerating the growth of BeamaLife’s portfolio of life insurance funded executive benefits.
Collins began his career in 1988 as an original member of Teleport Communications Group (TCG), a joint venture between Merrill Lynch and the NY/NJ Port Authority. Collins left shortly after the firm’s acquisition to pursue new challenges. Most recently, Collins led Cirrant, a New York based privately-held consulting firm where he was charged with growing the client base and building a leadership position within the industry.
Collins is a graduate of the City University of New York in engineering.