Courtesy of the Insurance Department
Anne Melissa Dowling, who has served as acting Insurance Commissioner since December, announced Monday that she was leaving the Insurance Department.

Dowling had sought to head the department, but last week Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced he chose former Cigna executive Katharine L. Wade to replace Thomas Leonardi. Leonardi announced his departure last November.

“It’s been a wonderful experience,” Dowling said in an email.

Before becoming the acting commissioner, Dowling was a deputy commissioner. She served as the Insurance Department’s representative on the board of Connecticut’s insurance exchange and was involved in discussions about how to change Connecticut’s health insurance landscape. There was no information Monday about how the administration would handle her departure.

Dowling joined the Insurance Department in 2011 after serving as chief investment office for Connecticut Mutual and built a $12 billion institutional markets business for MassMutual. She also held executive positions with Travelers Insurance and Aetna Life & Casualty, according to her biography on the state website.

Wade starts her new job as Insurance Commissioner Tuesday.