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Guardian Names Chief Communications Officer: Personnel Moves

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What You Need to Know

  • Sandra Waite moved to Guardian from CVS Aetna.
  • OneShare's new chief growth officer previously ran a health care consulting firm.
  • AmeriLife's new senior vice president, brand management and creative services, has roots in food services marketing.

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America has hired Sandra Waite to be chief communications officer.

The New York-based company said Waite will contribute to a cultural transformation as well as developing and managing communications strategy.

Waite previously was vice president, CEO and external communications at CVS Health. She managed the CEO’s internal and external communications.

Waite started out as an account director at Matlock Advertising & PR, a company in Atlanta. She got into corporate communications by becoming global director for public relations at CIBA Vision in Atlanta in 2009. She later spent six years at Novartis.

She moved to Aetna in 2017, and she became an employee of CVS Health when CVS Health acquired Aetna.

Waite has a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

In other personnel moves news:

OneShare Health has hired Jeff Gary to be chief growth officer.

Gary is moving to the Irving, Texas-based health care sharing ministry from ownership of his own health care consulting firm, The JMG Group.

Gary worked from 1990 through 2001 as a sales executive as health insurers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Humana Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc.

He has been an investor in Centered Naturals, a company that extracts, manufactures and distributes hemp extract products since 2016.

He also is the founder of Care H20, a company that sells hemp-infused water.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

AmeriLife Group LLC has promoted Kelly Atkinson to vice president, brand management and creative services.

She previously was vice president of marketing and distribution operations at the Clearwater, Florida-based company.

She started out as a client manager at Tampa Bay Partners, a marketing firm.

She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida.

EIS has hired Dan Galdenzi to be general manager and executive vice president for health care.

EIS is a San Francisco-based company that provides software for insurers. Galdenzi will run efforts related to software for health insurers.

Galdenzi previously was chief growth officer at NASCO, a health care technology company owned by Blue Cross and Blue Shield carriers.

Before that, he was chief information officer at BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University.

Chubb has promoted Suresh Krishnan to executive vice president and head of North America Specialty Accident and Health.

He has been the Whitehouse Station, New Jersey-based carrier’s chief operating officer for North America Accident and Health.

Lauren Gorte, another Chubb executive, has been named chief operating officer, Specialty Accident and Health.

The specialty accident and health unit sells products such as travel accident and medical insurance.

Aegon N.V. said Mark Bloom, its global chief technology officer, will step down from his post June 1.

Aegon is the parent of Transamerica and is based in the Hague, in the Netherlands.

Bloom has been Aegon’s chief technology officer for five years.

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