Chris Swanker

Chris Swanker
Chief Executive Officer, Avēsis, a Guardian company

Christopher T. Swanker, FSA, MAAA, LLIF has 24 years of experience in the insurance industry with a focus on Employee Benefits.  As CEO of Avēsis, a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Chris is responsible to develop and execute the strategy to leverage Guardian’s knowledge of ancillary benefits into Government Benefit Programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and CHIP.

Since he joined Guardian in 1994, Chris has held several leadership positions including Vice President, Worksite and Specialty Markets from 2011 to 2014 where he was responsible for product development, enrollment, services and distribution support for Guardian's $1 billion worksite business; as well as building new products and capabilities for emerging distribution channels such as private exchanges, state healthcare exchanges, and direct to consumer marketing approaches.

Prior to 2011 Chris held the roles of  Vice President of Dental and Vision, leading Guardian’s $1.6 billion Group Dental and Vision business, and 2nd Vice President Group Worksite, Market Development and e-Business where he oversaw the Guardian’s product, enrollment and service strategy for entry into the Group worksite marketplace and launched Guardian’s integrated web portal – Guardian Anytime.

Chris is part of Guardian's Commercial and Government Markets Executive Team, and is prior Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Dental plans.  He received a BA in Mathematics/Actuarial Science from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries.

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