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The Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company Inc. (GIAC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), launched several major fund enhancements to The Guardian Choice and The Guardian Advantage fund line-ups.

Guardian added 24 new funds to The Guardian Choice, bringing the total number of funds available to 127. The Guardian Advantage gained five new funds and now totals 99.

Burnham Benefits Insurance Services welcomed Senior Account Executive Laurel McClay and Account Executive Michele M. Dang to its team.

Laurel McClay brings more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, and will apply that knowledge to support strategic account management, client relations and new business development as a senior account executive with the firm. Prior to joining the Burnham team, McClay served in executive roles with several major national firms working with clients on both local and national levels. She will help clients develop creative benefits programs that will keep them both competitive and compliant — guiding them through the complex healthcare landscape and providing them with valuable cost-containment strategies. 

Michele M. Dang brings more than 25 years of industry experience to her role as account executive with Burnham Benefits. Having serviced both fully insured and self-funded accounts for national brokerage firms, Dang will help clients differentiate themselves through their benefits programs with a focus on innovative plan design for private-sector middle-market companies.  

Dennis WilsonDelta Dental of New Jersey has named Dennis G. Wilson, a 25-year veteran in the healthcare industry, as president and chief executive officer. Wilson succeeds Walter VanBrunt, who is retiring after serving as CEO for the past 15 years.

Wilson comes to Delta Dental of New Jersey from the national managed care organization, Coventry Health Care/Aetna, where he served as a president of the Mid-Atlantic region. From 2007 to 2010, he was president and chief executive officer of Lovelace Health Plan in Albuquerque, N.M. Under his leadership, Lovelace was ranked by NCQA as the state’s top health plan and also improved its national ranking. Previously, Wilson had a national role with Cigna Healthcare in Bloomfield, Conn., where he served as a market segment president from 2004 to 2007.

Wilson holds a bachelor of science in marketing from the University of Massachusetts.

American General Life Companies (American General), a part of AIG, launched AG Secure Lifetime GUL II.

AG Secure Lifetime GUL II provides increased options in case design for 1035 and shorter pay scenarios and it includes an integrated Enhanced Surrender Value Rider (a return of premium feature). It is now available with the new Lifestyle Income Solution that can turn a life insurance product into a guaranteed stream of retirement income.

The Lifestyle Income Solution provides the option to receive a portion of life insurance benefits, while consumers are still living, to help supplement other retirement income. An array of other optional riders is available with AG Secure Lifetime GUL II to help agents tailor solutions for specific client needs.

Health Republic Insurance of New York, a new not-for-profit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan available on the New York Health Benefit Exchange, appointed Debra Friedman as president and chief executive officer.

Friedman brings more than 20 years of insurance and healthcare experience with major national companies, as well as a range of smaller nonprofit insurance organizations.  She has held various senior positions at United Healthcare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Health Plus.

Friedman joins Health Republic Insurance from the nonprofit Amida Care as chief Medicare and strategy officer.