Delta Dental of Arizona Taps Leslie Hess to Lead Compliance, Risk Management Efforts


GLENDALE, Ariz. (Feb. 27, 2018) — Delta Dental of Arizona is pleased to announce that Leslie Hess is joining Arizona’s leading dental benefits provider as the dental insurer’s compliance and risk management officer. In this director-level position, Hess will oversee the organization’s enterprise risk management activities and ensure state and federal regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Delta Dental of Arizona, Hess served as the interim director at the Arizona Department of Insurance, where she was responsible for directing and managing the operations of the state agency. Hess was tasked with analyzing, interpreting and enforcing statutes and regulations relating to all lines of insurance, including health, life, property and casualty.

“Leslie’s extensive background with insurance, governmental affairs and compliance will be an asset as Delta Dental of Arizona continues to grow and launch new products and programs to make dental care accessible to all Arizonans,” said Allan Allford, president/CEO of Delta Dental of Arizona. 

Hess has both private and public-sector experience, including serving as the director of compliance and corporate secretary for Oxford Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and more than 11 years as deputy receiver and financial affairs legal officer at the Arizona Department of Insurance. She also spent two years at the Arizona Legislature at Legislative Council and worked in the securities division at the Arizona Corporation Commission for seven years. Early in her career, Hess worked as an attorney for both Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns in New York City. 

She has a juris doctor from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a master’s degree in counseling from Arizona State University. Hess is also a founding member of the Cactus Wren Chapter of the National Charity League.


About Delta Dental of Arizona
Delta Dental of Arizona is the leading dental benefits provider in Arizona, serving more than 1 million enrollees and more than 3,400 contracted dentists across the state. Passionate about oral health and its importance to generations of families, Delta Dental of Arizona has worked for more than 45 years to improve oral health by emphasizing preventive care and making dental coverage accessible to a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals. For more information about Delta Dental of Arizona, visit