Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz) named Tom Bauer SVP and CIO. Bauer has served as interim CIO during the past three months.

"Tom will continue leading the company`s investment in technology, which is a key priority for Allianz Life," said Allianz Chief Administrative Officer Walter White. "He is driving great momentum within the IT organization and identifying new ways for IT to propel business results."

Bauer has more than 20 years of experience in IT functions in a variety of industries, including financial services. He joined Allianz in 2003 as VP of customer services, and subsequently led application and  infrastructure services. Bauer started his career with Electronic Data Systems, and spent 10 years with Chrysler Corp. Most recently, he served as a director with Best Buy.

"Allianz Life is dedicated to leveraging technology to improve both the quality and ease of doing business for our distribution channels and our customers," Bauer said. "I also have the great fortune of working with a stellar team of employees."

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