Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America named Patrick Christiansen VP of IT business engagement in the Technology division. Reporting to the SVP, CIO, Jeff Palm, Christiansen will be responsible for managing the relationships of business partners within Allianz Life, as well as Allianz SE Group IT and its North American subsidiaries.

Christiansen will partner with the business units to maintain strategies and help shape the technological change agenda and the architectural solutions supporting them. He will lead teams responsible for relationship management, enterprise architecture and strategies, technology portfolio management, in addition to IT marketing and communication.

Prior to the appointment, Christiansen spent 10 years as co-founder and managing principal with Arctec Group LLC in Minneapolis, a technology architecture and management consulting company. There, he provided IT planning, enterprise architecture, systems evaluation and technical leadership consulting services to many companies including Allianz Life.

Prior to Arctec Group, he was chief technology officer for HealthNexis LLC.

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