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National Guardian Life Insurance Company has made two high-level hires.

One will help the Madison, Wisconsin-based insurer build a new dental and vision plan business.

Another will bring in a high-profile investment manager.

(Related: National Guardian Life to Add Dental and Vision Business)

NGL has brought in John Horbal to be vice president of financial planning and analysis, and chief financial officer of BrightBenefits.

BrightBenefits is the new, national dental and vision business.

NGL is establishing that business with capital from Federal Life Group Inc., an affiliate of Insurance Capital Group.

Horbal previously was vice president of financial planning and analysis at Foresters Financial.

Before that, he was a senior director of asset management at TIAA CREF.

Horbal has a bachelor’s degree in business from William Paterson University of New Jersey.

NGL has hired another executive, Timothy Matson, to be a senior vice president and chief investment officer.

Matson previously was executive vice president and chief investment officer at Reinsurance Group of America Inc., a life reinsure with a $52 billion global asset portfolio.

Before that, Matson was chief investment officer at Cathay Conning Asset Management.

Matson has a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University and a master’s degree in business from Cornell.

NGL has also:

Promoted Nancy Stoddard to senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief actuary, from chief actuary.

Hired CJ Tao joins to be a vice president andcorporate controller. Tao previously was director of finance, enterprise risk management and capital finance at Quartz Health Solutions.

In other personnel matters news:

Sammons Financial has named Carmen Walter vice president of the company’s corporate markets group.

Walter has been the leader of product development for the company’s corporate markets division since 2004.

In his new role, he will help banks, credit unions, insurers, and pension plans roll out products from Sammons Financial insurers.

Walter has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Minnesota State University in Moorhead. He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Penn Mutual Asset Management, an arm of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, has hired George Cipolloni III and Mark Saylor to be part of the team overseeing its new balanced income strategy.

Cipolloni and Saylor previously were senior portfolio managers at Chartwell Investment Partners. They managed the Berwyn Income Fund and Nedgroup Global Cautious Fund investment strategies until February 2019.

Families USA, a consumer health advocacy organization, has hired Amber Hewitt to be director of health equity.

Hewitt previously was manager of policy and advocacy at Nemours Children’s Health System.

Hewitt has also been a legislative fellow on the health and education policy team in the office of Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.

Hewitt has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in psychology from Boston University, and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

Gravie, the operator of a private health benefits exchange, has hired Rob Hughes to be head of sales.

Hughes previously was vice president of sales at Panopto, a company that helps organizations create and stream videos.

Hughes has also been senior vice president of worldwide sales and support at Vidyo.

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