Allianz Life Hires Patrick Christiansen as Vice President, IT Business
MINNEAPOLIS -- October 25, 2012
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life^®) named Patrick
Christiansen as vice president of IT Business Engagement in the Technology
division. In this role, 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. He will partner with the
business units to maintain strategies, help shape the technological change
agenda and the architectural solutions supporting them. Christiansen will lead
teams responsible for relationship management, enterprise architecture and
strategies, technology portfolio management, in addition to IT marketing and
communication. He will report to the Senior Vice President, Chief Information
Officer, Jeff Palm.
“Patrick has had an extensive career as a leader within the technology
industry,” said Palm. “We’re pleased to have him join the team as we continue
to advance the technology that supports our business.”
Christiansen has more than 20 years of technology leadership experience. For
the past 10 years he served as co-founder and managing principal with Arctec
Group, LLC in Minneapolis, a technology architecture and management consulting
company. Christiansen provided IT planning, enterprise architecture, systems
evaluation and technical leadership consulting services to many companies
including Allianz Life. As a consultant to Allianz Life, he has collaborated
with business and IT leadership to govern architectural direction for
significant initiatives, and has also provided consulting services to Allianz
SE Group IT, Allianz Income Management Services and Allianz of America
(including Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company). In addition, his previous
clients included various financial services, health care insurance, and
manufacturing companies in the Midwest and Northeast regions.
Prior to his role with Arctec Group, he was chief technology officer for
HealthNexis, LLC, in St. Louis Park, Minn., and previously held technology
roles with Express Scripts and Target Stores in Minneapolis, and Burlington
Northern Railroad in St. Paul.
Christiansen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information
Systems from DeVry Institute of Technology in Phoenix.
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.
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Sara Thurin Rollin, 763-765-6703
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