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The Elite 8 2008: Ten Years and Counting of Insurance Technology Leadership
This 10th anniversary issue of Insurance & Technology's exclusive Elite 8 report shows that while much in the insurance industry has changed over the past decade, effective insurance technology executives still share vision, passion and commitment to success.

Charles Cornelio, Lincoln Financial Group John Golden, CNA Stephen K. Wiggins, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina Jeff Carlson, AIG American General
Bill Jenkins, Penn National Insurance Linda Squires, North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. Akhil Tripathi, Harleysville Insurance Raymond Voelker, Progressive Insurance

INSURANCE'S ELITE 8
Lincoln Financial Group's Cornelio Keeps Focus on Straight-Through Processing
Elite 8 Charles Cornelio started his insurance career as a lawyer, but he's forged his mark as a technology leader, driving legacy consolidation, STP and technology centralization initiatives.

CNA's Golden Making Technological Transformation a Reality
Elite 8 John Golden is driving the carrier's emergence as an industry leader through a multiyear operating platform transformation.

BCBS of SC's Wiggins Leverages Past Investments for Current Success
Elite 8 Stephen K. Wiggins credits several past technology investments, such as those involving parallel computing and code generation, for some recent successes.

AIG American General's Carlson Makes Innovation a Core Competency
Elite 8 Jeff Carlson strives for a balance that maximizes the life and annuity carrier's investment in its core legacy applications, while also fostering the collaboration and innovation that drives product development and enables a multichannel distribution model.

Penn National Insurance's Jenkins Proves a Seasoned Innovator
Rejecting the false dichotomy of buy-versus-build, Elite 8 Bill Jenkins has leveraged the best of both in Penn National's systems transformation.

N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual's Squires Leads Modernization Initiatives
With a hand in both IT and operations, Elite 8 Linda Squires is uniquely positioned to direct North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual's technology modernization efforts around connectivity, data warehousing and automation.

Harleysville Insurance's Tripathi Guides With Technological Savvy
Elite 8 Akhil Tripathi has provided the vision and direction to move Harleysville Insurance into a leadership position.

Voelker Keeps Progressive on Cutting Edge
Elite 8 Ray Voelker seeks to keep the carrier one step ahead of the competition by ramping up capacity and cultivating the IT team's innovative nature.



WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
2007 Elite 8 Continue to Innovate
The past year has seen various twists and turns for each of I&T's 2007 Elite 8. But from taking on more responsibility for business strategy to seeking new challenges, each of these technology leaders continues to find new ways to innovate.

At Aetna, McCarthy Introduces New Techonologies to Empower Customers

Web Now More of a Focus for Allstate's Brune

Jackson's Napoles Aims to Integrate U.S. Businesses

Mutual of Omaha Made Most of Hanson's Experience Before He Moved On

Morris Leads Technology Initiatives at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

After a Summer Break, Steward Searches for his Next Challenge

Grinnel Mutual Reinsurance's Mehmen Expands Focus on Business Partnerships

Boxer Transitions to Academia





THE ELITE 8 2008
A Decade of Change in Insurance IT
Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 advisory panel participants weigh in on the evolution of the insurance CIO job and the tools of the trade over the past decade and into the future.

THE CIO OF THE FUTURE
2008's Elite 8 Describe the CIO of the Future
CIOs' roles evolve as quickly as the technologies they marshall. This year's Elite 8 offer insight into what the job might look like a decade from now.

The Elite 8 Hall of Fame
With a decade of honorees on the books, I&T presents the pantheon of past Elite 8 award recipients, showing their companies and titles at the time they were honored along with updates on several participants.


The CIO: Then and Now
I&T takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the evolution of a subspecies.