PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services, a managing general agent and Lloyds cover holder specializing insurance and risk management solutions for the wind and solar energy industries, has appointed Gayle Nakahodo as new vice president of operations.

As vice president of operations, Nakahodo will be responsible for working with retail and wholesale brokers, project developers, alternative energy investors, PowerGuard’s clients and prospects to streamline and manage all aspects of agency operations and administration for the PowerGuard team.

She will be based in San Francisco and divide her time between Northern California and PowerGuard’s headquarters in California.

Nakahodo brings 15 years of legal, insurance underwriting, risk management and operations experience to PowerGuard.

Prior to joining PowerGuard, she was most recently a senior risk analyst at AAA of California Nevada and Utah, and was responsible for the procurement of property & casualty insurance to finance corporate risk.

Over her career, Nakahodo has also worked as a retail insurance broker responsible for large, complex accounts and as an insurance company underwriter.

PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services managing principal Mike McMullen said her extensive experience and knowledge of risk management, the insurance business, agency operations and the law will all be incredibly valuable assets to our clients, broker partners and growing team.