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The Standard Promotes A.J. Ijaz to Vice President of Retirement Plans
Ijaz joined The Standard in 2017 as vice president of Retirement Plan Services and has successfully led a transformation of the service organization. In his new role, A.J. will assume leadership and accountability for the entire RP business line, including Actuarial, Finance, Sales, Service and Operations.
Ijaz’s career includes nearly 30 years of leadership experience in financial services at Allstate where he was vice president of Life and Retirement Agency Operations. Prior to that, he was vice president National Sales and assistant vice president of Allstate Financial Customer Service. A.J. also led the deployment of Six Sigma process improvement across all areas of Allstate and holds his black belt designation.
“A.J. is a very capable and inclusive leader, and his work to enhance an already award-winning RP Service organization has been remarkable,” said Scott Hibbs, vice president and chief investment officer at The Standard. “The Standard is committed to a growing, thriving retirement plans business and A.J. brings bold leadership to challenge our norms, explore and test new approaches and inspire his teams to bring their very best to serving our customers each and every day.”
Ijaz earned a bachelor's degree in finance and insurance from Radford University in Virginia and a Master of Business Administration with honors from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
About The Standard
The Standard is a family of companies dedicated to helping customers achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. In business since 1906, we are a leading provider of financial protection products and services for employers and individuals. Our products include group and individual disability insurance, group life, dental and vision insurance, voluntary (employee-paid) benefits, absence management services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
The Standard is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., and its subsidiaries: Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, Inc., StanCorp Mortgage Investors, LLC, StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., StanCorp Real Estate, LLC, and StanCorp Equities, Inc.
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