Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Gretchen Cepek is the general counsel for Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®). She leads all of the company’s legal matters to serve the best interests of the company, its customers, and its distribution. Cepek serves as the legal advisor for the executive management team, and oversees litigation, corporate governance, product development, special investigations, and government relations.
In 2009, Cepek joined Allianz Life as vice president, Business Operations, Product Development & Distribution for the Allianz Life Corporate Legal Department. In that role, Cepek was responsible for supervising a team of lawyers who specialize in developing new products (fixed and variable annuities and life insurance), and who provide legal guidance to Allianz Life in the areas of Distribution (Broker/Dealer, Registered Investment Adviser and Field Marketing Organizations) and Operations. Cepek also had responsibility for the Allianz Life legal-tax function and the company’s government relations activities.
Prior to joining Allianz Life, Cepek provided strategic counsel on a breadth of legal matters for Woodbury Financial Services (Hartford Life’s independent broker/dealer). Previous to that position, she was a partner at Querrey & Harrow in Chicago, where she spent 12 years specializing in complex commercial litigation.
Cepek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law.