Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America hired Sandra Gudvangen as VP of policyholder services in the Enterprise Operations department.

According to the insurer, 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 SVP 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, where she was an AVP for the Distribution Advocacy and New Business area.

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