Allianz Life Hires Cecilia Stanton Adams as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

New Role Will Focus On Continuing To Drive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion throughout the Company

MINNEAPOLIS – Oct. 2, 2019 – Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) announced today that it created a new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) position, and has hired Cecilia Stanton Adams for the role. As CDIO, Stanton Adams will focus on developing comprehensive diversity and inclusion initiatives at Allianz Life, and continue building a culture that values all employee contributions and diverse perspectives. She will also oversee community relations and corporate giving. Stanton Adams will report directly to President and CEO Walter White.

“Diversity and inclusion are an important part of how we make Allianz a best place to work for everyone,” said White. “With Cecilia’s leadership, we will build on our foundation of cultural strength, and bring more focus and structure to our diversity priority.”

Stanton Adams previously spent time at Allianz Life as Assistant Vice President for Culture and Leadership Development 14 years ago. Most recently, she was CEO of the Stanton Adam Diversity Institute, where she provided services to improve strategic workforce planning, recruiting and retention, training and development, supplier diversity, and cultural competence. Prior to that, she was the Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity for Buffalo Wild Wings, where she led the development and implementation of an enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion strategy.

She holds a BA in Psychology from Bloomfield College in New Jersey and an MA in Sociology/Psychology from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, where she also completed a Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Psychology. She is a volunteer at several organizations, including the Black Women’s Wealth Alliance, Hispanic MBA, the Sexual Violence Center, Junior Achievement, and African-American Family Services, and is on the Board of Team Women.

About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® in 2019, has been keeping its promises since 1896 by helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuity and life insurance products. In 2018, Allianz Life provided $2.8 billion in benefit payments that helped policyholders’ achieve their financial goals. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with over 142,000 employees in more than 80 countries. Allianz Life is a proud sponsor of Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United.