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Illinois Insurance Director to Leave Post: Personnel Moves

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Robert Muriel, the director of the Illinois Department of Insurance, said he’ll be leaving the department director post Dec. 11, to take a job at a law firm in Chicago.

Muriel was appointed to be the Illinois insurance director in in March 2019.

(Related: Roger Ferguson Jr. to Retire as TIAA CEO: Personnel Moves)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Shannon Whalen, the department’s chief deputy director of product lines, will be the interim acting director.

Muriel has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a law degree from Loyola University.

He has spent most of his career working as a lawyer handling business litigation.

From 2015 through 2019, he was commissioner of the Illinois Racing Board.

In other personnel moves news:

Principal Financial Group Inc. is promoting two senior vice presidents at its Principal International unit — Roberto Walker and Thomas Cheong — to executive vice president.

The Des Moines, Iowa-based life insurer also has announced the retirement of Luis Valdés, the chief executive officer of Principal International.

Valdés will retire March 31, after working for Principal for 26 years, the company said.

Walker has been president of Principal’s Principal Latin America subsidiary as well as a senior vice president at the parent company. He is based in Santiago, Chile. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Unversidad de Chile.

Early in his career, Walker worked for Citibank. He moved to Principal in 1996.

Cheong has been president of the company’s Principal Asia unit was well as a senior vice president at Principal. He is based in Hong Kong.

Cheong has a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Early in his career, he worked for affiliates of Prudential PLC of London and Manulife Financial Corp. He moved to Principal in 2015.

Oscar Insurance Corp., a New York-based health insurer, has hired R. Scott Blackley to be chief financial officer.

Blackley will succeed Sid Sankaran, who is leaving to become chairman and chief executive officer of SiriusPoint, a reinsurer.

Blackley previously was the chief financial officer of Capital One Financial Corp. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah.

He started out as a partner at KPMG. He later spent six years at Fannie Mae before going to work for Capital One, in 2011.

Anthem Inc., an Indianapolis-based health insurer, has named Lou Gianquinto to be president of the company’s commercial health plan in Connecticut.

Gianquinto is taking over from Jill Hummel, who is retiring.

Gianquinto has been president of Missouri Care, the company’s Medicaid business in Missouri. He has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in business from the University of New Haven.

Early in his career, Gianquinto worked for units of Oxford Health Plans and UnitedHealth Group Inc.

FamilyWealth Advisers LLC, a Denver-based registered investment advisor, has hired Lisa Martinez to be an investment advisor representative and will be based in Littleton, Colorado.

Martinez has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Metropolitan State University in Denver. She has worked as a business development advisor at Brokers Choice of America since 2004.

GoHealth Inc., a Chicago-based web broker and telehealth services company, has hired Dr. Paul Hain to be its chief medical officer.

Previously, Hain was the chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. He began working for Texas Blue in 2012.

Hain has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Rice University and a medical degree from Vanderbilt University.

— Read S AIG Expands Roles of 2 Top Executives: Personnel Moves, on ThinkAdvisor.

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