Allianz Life Hires Vanessa Ramirez as Senior Director, Government Relations

  Allianz Life Hires Vanessa Ramirez as Senior Director, Government Relations

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- April 02, 2013

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) named Vanessa
Ramirez as the new senior director of Government Relations in the Legal
department where she is responsible for directing public policy advocacy
initiatives for the company. She also leads cross-company coordination of
government relations activities while reviewing proposed federal, state and
insurance department legislation and rule making initiatives. Ramirez reports
to Allianz Life General Counsel Gretchen Cepek.

“I am excited to have Vanessa join our experienced Government Relations team
at Allianz Life. She brings deep insurance industry knowledge to this
important leadership role,” said Cepek. “Vanessa’s leadership will help us
continue strengthening the relationships we have built with regulators and
legislators at the state and federal levels.”

Prior to joining Allianz Life, Ramirez worked for The Hartford Financial
Services Group, Inc. in Hartford, Conn. where she served as government affairs
counsel. She was responsible for legislative and regulatory advocacy in eight
states, including Minnesota and supported the company's life insurance,
annuity, and property and casualty insurance businesses. Ramirez oversaw
political compliance initiatives across the company, including pre-approving
political contributions and serving as Counsel to the company’s political
action committees.

Ramirez also served as an attorney for the state of Connecticut for five
years, where she worked in various areas, including the Department of Public
Works, the Office of Governor M. Jodi Rell, and the Department of Consumer
Protection. Ramirez began her career as an associate in the business law unit
at the law firm of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. in Hartford.

Ramirez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of
Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of
Pennsylvania Law School.

About Allianz Life

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best
Companies to Work For in 2013, 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.

Contact:

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Sara Thurin Rollin, 763-765-6703
sarathurin.rollin@allianzlife.com
 
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