Specialty insurer Assurant Solutions has appointed Tammy Schultz as president of its Preneed insurance business, to manage the unit through its relationship with funeral industry partners.

Schultz will also serve as executive vice president of Assurant Solutions, working in tandem with leaders of the company’s extended service and debt protection businesses to fortify relationships with consumers and client partnerships, while building the company’s brand.

Preneed insurance offers consumers a way to fund funeral, cremation and/or burial expenses in advance of need, the underwriter said.

Assurant Solutions chief executive officer Craig Lemasters said Tammy joined its Preneed business in 1995, handling roles that ranged from marketing to sales to customer service.

"In this business, relationships are key. Tammy has the unique ability to connect with industry professionals, clients, customers and employees on a personal level, always with an eye to carrying the business forward," Lemasters added.

Prior to accepting the current role, Schultz served as vice president, client relationships, as well as vice president, chief operations officer of the Preneed business.

Serving in the aforesaid roles, she improved efficiencies, strengthened key business partnerships and helped make a positive impact on employee job satisfaction, claims Preneed.

Assurant Solutions businesses develop, underwrite, market and administer specialty insurance, extended service contracts and other risk management solutions through mutual relationships with leading financial institutions, retailers, automobile dealers, funeral homes, manufacturers, wireless carriers and other entities.