MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) hired Sandra (Sandy) Gudvangen as vice president of policyholder services in the Enterprise Operations department. Gudvangen will be responsible for managing policyholder service delivery, including policyholder benefits and claims. She will also oversee administration of the closed block of business, and will lead the development of a new team focused on operations actuarial and tax. Gudvangen will report to the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Operations, Jasmine Jirele.
“Sandy has held a variety of senior leadership positions during her career which will be beneficial as Allianz Life continues to enhance our operational processes,” said Jirele.
Gudvangen has more than 20 years of senior and project management experience primarily in the insurance industry. Most recently, Gudvangen was with Hartford Life and Annuity Insurance Company in Woodbury, Minn., for the past 13 years. She was an assistant vice president for the Distribution Advocacy and New Business area from 2009-2012 where she led more than 80 service team members who managed new business cases and is credited with developing a new distribution process. Prior to that, Gudvangen was a director in the New Business department for four years where she managed processing operations and directed more than 140 employees in two Minnesota locations. She also served as an assistant director in New Business for four years and as a program manager for three years.
Gudvangen began her leadership career in 1996 as a systems manager for a pharmacy benefits provider, Express Scripts in Bloomington, Minn., where she managed a team of 25 systems analysts and programmers. She also has experience as a business analyst and technical lead beginning in 1991 with various organizations.
Gudvangen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis. She holds FINRA Series 6 and 26 registrations.
About Allianz Life
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2012, has been keeping its promises since 1896. Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life insurance products. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with 142,000 employees worldwide. More than 78 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to help them make the most of financial opportunities.