The Standard Names VP of Absence Management

November 17, 2010 ( - Standard Insurance Company has announced that Mike Dunst has been named Assistant Vice President of Absence Management.

In his role, Dunst will lead The Standard’s Absence Management program and have responsibility for service and processes, software development/enhancement, sales training and support, vendor/partner management, operational effectiveness and customer service. He will also serve as The Standard’s National Practice Leader for Absence Management.   

According to the announcement, Dunst began his insurance career at CIGNA, working in finance and reinsurance before moving into disability claims operations. He co-founded Disability Management Alternatives (DMA) in 1996. In 2003, DMA merged with Lewisco to form LCG. In 2008, LCG was acquired by Hewitt, where Dunst was a leader in absence management operations.  

Dunst earned a degree in accounting from Villanova University and holds an M.B.A. in finance from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

The Standard’s Absence Management program helps companies with the management of Short Term Disability, family medical leave, state leaves and other company time off.  The services track and manage employee absences, increase employee productivity and free managers and administrators to focus on driving results in their businesses, the announcement said.