ELITE 8 2007

Meg McCarthy
Meg McCarthy
Chris Steward
Chris Steward
Jim Hanson
Jim Hanson
Cathy Brune
Catherine Brune
Dennie Mehmen
Dennis Mehmen
George Napoles
George Napoles
Mark Boxer
Mark Boxer
Holly Morris
Holly Morris


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THE 2006 ELITE 8: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

During the past year the 2006 Elite 8 honorees balanced new projects and responsibilities. Here's what some of the executives have been up to.

Al Bowen Aligns Ohio National Financial Services Technology and Business Plan
SVP of Information Systems Al Bowen streamlines technology and business and reprices Ohio National Financial's life insurance portfolio.

Jim Court Takes Charge of American Property and Casualty's Operations
American Property and Casualty's Chief Operating Officer Jim Court focuses on operations and the entire IT organization.

Jeff Stoll Retires From MetLife but Remains Active in Insurance
Retired MetLife SVP and CIO of individual business IT continues to serve on various advisory boards and is a member of the board of directors at ACORD.

Rick Roy Improves Service Experience for CUNA Mutual Group
CUNA Mutual Group SVP of customer operations Rick Roy leads the drive to improve service for the company's customers, credit unions and their members.

Joan Zerkovich of ICAT Manages Increased Project Activity
ICAT CIO Joan Zerkovich handles increased product activity resulting from state of Florida Citizen's Insurance Company Contract.

John Kellington Moves to ACORD as SVP of Standards
Former Ohio Casualty Group SVP and CIO John Kellington joins ACORD, where he will oversee the development of standards.

FROM THE EDITOR

Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 Share Some Common (Or, More Accurate, Uncommon) Traits
After nine years of identifying and profiling the insurance industry's most innovative and outstanding IT executives, Insurance & Technology identified some common traits.


THE MAKING OF ELITE 8 2007

Identifying the Insurance & Technology Elite 8 Insurance CIOs
Successful insurance technology executives share common traits, including the ability to establish credibility with the business, build a solid technology architecture, assemble effective teams, and implement plans with an eye to both the short and long term.


THE HONOREES

Aetna CIO Meg McCarthy Brings Disciplined Delivery to Aetna
Aetna CIO Meg McCarthy applied her 20-plus years experience in the IT consulting and healthcare fields to bring the carrier to new levels of process excellence, efficiency and delivery volume.

Arbella CIO Chris Steward Revolutionizes Its Web-Based Agent Facing Systems
Chris Steward has turned Arbella Insurance Group's agent-facing systems and Internet-based functionality from problem areas into competitive differentiators.

Mutual of Omaha's Jim Hanson Favors IT Solutions That Increase Simplicity, Customer Relations
During his 11-year tenure as head of Mutual of Omaha's technology organization, Jim Hanson has driven increasingly greater efficiency and ease of use, and has even launched a revenue-producing subsidiary.

Allstate's Catherine Brune Develops Workforce To Enable Business Transformation
Catherine Brune, Allstate Insurance Company's SVP and CIO, goes beyond the platitudes to put people first, partner with the business units, and focus on organizational transformation. The insurer's Next Gen claims reengineering initiative exemplifies her focus on architecture, governance and collaboration.

Grinnell Mutual CIO Dennis Mehmen Uses Business Strategy To Make IT A Priority A GMRC
By redefining his department as a strategic business partner, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company (GMRC) CIO Dennis Mehmen has turned the carrier's IT organization into an innovator in the insurance space.

Jackson National Life CIO George Napoles Builds Organization's First IT Department
After building Jackson National Life's IT team from scratch, CIO George Napoles credits a highly technical, highly creative staff with establishing the organization as an industry leader.

Wellpoint's Mark Boxer Exemplifies How Empowering Technology Can Be In A Healthcare Setting
WellPoint President and CEO of Operations Mark Boxer has achieved prominence in the health insurance industry through a combination of technology depth and a resolute focus on the business.

Thrivent Financial SVP and CIO Holly Morris Focuses On The People Behind The Technology
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Senior Vice President and CIO Holly Morris' people-focused technology transformation is taking the fraternal benefit society into the age of information democracy.



Rick Roy, Elite 8 2006, Draws Lessons from CUNA Mutual's Transformation Initiative
Elite 8 2006 honoree Rick Roy reflects on lessons from CUNA Mutual's ongoing initiative to transform customer operations.