Great-West Life Assurance Co. has made three appointments to its executive team.

Karrina Dusablon has joined the company as vice-president of national accounts for its plan sponsor services division. Issa Guindo has been appointed assistant vice-president of group customer data and analytics. And Derrick March has been named vice-president of business development for the group customer practice, replacing Jeff Aarssen who is retiring on Sept. 1.

Karrina DusablonBefore joining Great-West Life, Dusablon was national vice-president of business development, client relationships and education at Desjardins Financial. Previously, she was a senior analyst of pension and group benefits plans at Morneau Shepell Ltd.

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“Karrina joins us with more than 20 years of industry experience in the field of business development, client relationship and member experience,” said Roger Maguet, senior vice-president of plan sponsor services with Great-West Life’s group customer practice. “Her dynamic communication and inspiring leadership skills will serve her well in engaging clients, teams and colleagues across Canada.”

Guindo was previously at Deloitte Canada as an analytics and artificial intelligence strategy leader in the company’s AI practice Omnia. Other roles include senior manager of consulting for strategy, analytics and AI at Deloitte and analytics consultant at SAS Institute Canada Inc.

“In his role, Issa will assume leadership of the client and field support team which is responsible for providing group customer client analytics, and developing enhanced analytics for use throughout the business,” said George Turpie, senior vice-president of pricing and actuarial solutions with Great-West Life’s group customer practice.

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Prior to the new role, March was vice-president of Sun Life Financial’s distribution career sales force. He also held the role of chief executive officer at Groupworks Financial Corp. and previously worked at Great-West Life as director of group marketing.

“As we continue along our transformation journey, Derrick’s experience will be invaluable to our overall success and the development of our business development leadership team,” said Rob DeMott, senior vice-president of business development with Great-West Life’s group customer practice.

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