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Delaware Life's Parent Hires a Marketing Chief: Personnel Moves

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Group 1001 — the Indianapolis-based parent of Delaware Life, Guggenheim Life and other annuity issuers — has hired Bill Shelton to be chief marketing officer.

Shelton previously was the co-CEO of Evolution of Sports and of that organization’s Parity unit. Evolution of Sports works to help top female athletes arrange for the same kinds of sponsorship deals and other deals that go to male athletes.

Shelton started out as a track and field star at Texas A&M. He served for five years on the board of USA Track and Field.

He also has worked as a structured products team executive at J.P. Morgan, a managing director at Goldman Sachs and a managing director at Deutsche Bank. At Deutsche Bank, he managed the institutional equity derivative business, which served insurers, pension plans and other large clients.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in business from the University of Virginia.

Bestow Life

Bestow Life, a Dallas-based life insurance web broker, has hired Jeremy Bill to be its chief insurance officer.

Bill had been working for Sammons Financial since 2000. when he left Sammons, he was the company’s vice president for financial management and digital distribution.

Bestow has started out by distribution products written by Sammons’ North American Company for Life and Health Insurance unit and reinsured by Munich Re.

Bill has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sioux Falls. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Nationwide

Nationwide has named Rona Guymon to lead annuity distribution.

Guymon succeeds Craig Hawley, who is now the leader of the Columbus, Ohio-based company’s Retirement Solutions Distribution team.

Guymon previously was the leader of Nationwide’s brokerage annuity distribution unit.

Before she joined Nationwide, in 2020, she spent 13 years at Protective Life. She also has worked for ING and for ND&MG, a brokerage general agency.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt, and she holds the Certified Retirement Counselor designation.

Sun Life U.S.

Sun Life U.S. — a Wellesley, Massachusetts-based arm of Sun Life Financial — has hired Irlande Audenier to be vice president for group and voluntary claims. She also will work on Sun Life’s integrated absence, disability and supplemental health programs.

Audenier previously was an assistant vice president for claims at The Hartford. She also has worked for Aetna and for AONHewitt.

She has a bachelor’s degree in health care services and a master’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix. She serves on the executive committee for the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.

AmeriLife

AmeriLife Group — a Clearwater, Florida-based life, health and annuity distributor — has announced three executive promotions.

Matt Graham is now senior vice president for Life & Health Operations & Managed Care Solutions. He was vice president for Managed Care Solutions.

Eric Brennan and Bryan Keevan now both have the title of vice president for Life & Health.

Brennan was president and CEO of AmeriLife affiliate Equita Health Care and an owner and board member of The Equita Group, a field marketing organization in the life and health insurance distribution market.

Keeven was vice president for Managed Care Sales at AmeriLife. He has been overseeing the YourMedicare.com website.

Massachusetts Blue

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a Boston-based health insurer that provides or administers coverage for 2.9 million people, says Andrew Dreyfus will be giving up the CEO post at the end of 2022.

Dreyfus has been the company’s president and CEO since 2010. He first began working for the company in 2005, as executive vice president for health care services.

The Massachusetts Blue board is organizing a national search for Dreyfus’ successor.

InsTech

Insurance Technologies — a Colorado Springs, Colorado-based insurance sales compliance technology company — has hired Laird Rixford to be its CEO.

Rixford will assume that post from InsTech’s chairman, David Fenimore. Fenimore continues to be InsTech’s chairman.

Previously Rixford was CEO of Insurance Technologies Corp.

Earlier, he was the CEO of Evolution Designs, a provider of automation and technology systems for financial services companies, which Insurance Technologies Corp. acquired in 2008.

Locke Lord

The New York office of Locke Lord has brought Jared Wilner in as a partner in its insurance regulatory and transactional practice group.

Wilner previously was a senior counsel at Clyde & Co.

Before that, he was corporate counsel at Prudential Financial.

From 2007 through 2011, he was an assistant counsel at the New York State Department of Financial Services. While there, he led the department’s efforts to participate in the market conduct investigations organized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

He has a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a law degree from Fordham.

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