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Fireman Fund Insurance Company CEO Joseph Beneducci Drives Innovation to Develop Customized Products and Services
For Fireman's Fund's Joe Beneducci, the ultimate goal of technology innovation is to provide customers with products and services tailored to their needs.


Insurance & Technology's Tech-Savvy CEOs 2007
Life of the South CEO Ned Hamil Has Overseen the Life Insurer's Technology Transformation
When given the task of recreating the carrier's technology organization, Life of the South CEO Ned Hamil used the opportunity to lay the foundations of a technology- driven company.

Medical Mutual of Ohio CEO Kent Clapp Brings Efficiency to IT Spending And Operations
At the regional health insurance company, president and CEO Kent W. Clapp has cultivated technology initiatives that have expanded the business and enabled efficient IT spending and operations, including streamlining claims and creating a for-profit BPO company.

Unum CEO Utilizes Technology To Provide Superior Employee Benefits
Unum Group's president and CEO Thomas R. Watjen partners with CIO Bob Best and the company's IT organization to make the employee benefits provider more competitive and easier to do business with.

Praetorian Financial Group CEO Rod Fox Drives Distributor-Friendly Technology
As Praetorian Financial Group's CEO, Rod Fox drove development of the P&C specialty insurer's Keystone enterprise system and Nexus server-based infrastructure to support MGA distribution partners.

Ohio Casualty CEO Dan Carmichael Says Company's Technology Is Just How It Should Be
Ohio Casualty Group CEO Dan Carmichael shares secrets of investing successfully in leading- edge technology to meet the needs of the business and its distribution partners.

Executive Search Firm Consultants Discuss Roles and Responsibilities of an Insurance CEO
Consultants for leading executive search firms, such as Korn/Ferry, Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart offer their views on what makes insurance CEOs effective and how an understanding of technology can better equip them to face current and future industry challenges.


Feature
Drive For Automation Causes Insurance Carriers To Integrate
Ease of doing business has become the mantra among insurance companies that want to become the carrier of choice for agents.


Virtual Roundtable
Effective vendor management enables insurance companies to get the most out of software, IT services and outsourcing contracts
Effective vendor management requires insurance IT organizations to set clear goals and maintain open communications in order to get the most out of software, services and outsourcing/offshoring contracts and relationships.


Product & Technology Showcase
Techwatch
• Pyxis Mobile Released mAdvisor
• AMS Services Introduced AMD Producer Plus
• Cognos launched its Cognos Insurance Product Performance Blueprint
• and more

From The Editor
Relationship With The CIO and IT Organization Has Never Been More Important
Insurance & Technology's 2007 Tech-Savvy CEOs emphasize just how integral IT has become to insurers' growth, customer retention and distribution strategies.

Update
The Time is Now for Mobile Claims Technology
TowerGroup report calls on the P&C industry to develop enterprise mobility strategies.

Capital BlueCross Deploys End-to-End E-Prescribing Service
As the health insurance industry becomes more commoditized, more insurers are looking toward technological solutions to help provide added value to customers.

Pitney Bowes to Acquire MapInfo
Pitney Bowes expands its reach in GIS analytics with MapInfo acquisition

Carriers Can Better Utilize Fraud Mitigation Technologies
Celent report suggests that many insurance companies aren't taking full advantage of technology when it comes to fighting fraud.

Alliances and Partnerships
• Fiserv Acquires NetEconomy
• Vertafore Buys ImageRight
• OneShield Adds Mellon App
• Thomson Adds Oden FS
• 3PAR Partners With Incipient

Case Study
ICAT Selects Thunderhead's Enterprise Communications Platform
International Catastrophe Insurance Managers (ICAT) selects Thunderhead's enterprise communication management platform to automate document issuance.

Ohio National Implements Vignette's Next-Generation Web Solution
Seeking to upgrade its aging extranet, Ohio National chose Vignette's integrated portal and content management for its range of functionality and ease of deployment.

One on One
Lincoln Financial CIO Chuck Cornelio Reveals How To Weather A Mega Merger While Forging Ahead With New Technologies
Lincoln Financial's Cornelio discusses the company's systems integration process, his vision of a shared services model, as well as new initiatives such as SOA and Web services.

Executive News
Appointments, promotions ripple through insurance tech industry.


Names in the News
CIGNA HealthCare Names Conde First CIO
Former Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce CIO Juan Conde will occupy the newly created position of CIO for CIGNA HealthCare, a division of CIGNA. Conde will report to Scott Storrer, executive vice president, Enterprise Service and Information Technology, CIGNA.

Lowenthal Hired As NYMAGIC CIO
Former Integro Insurance Brokers and Hartford Financial Products CIO Craig Lowenthal has taken on the CIO role at New York Marine and General Ins. Co., aka NYMAGIC.