ELITE 8 2010
ELite 8 2010

CIOs Prepare to Implement Growth Strategies
After two years wandering the desert of financial malaise, insurance carriers are looking to their CIOs to develop strategies that prepare them to grow in a consumer environment where real-time is increasingly paramount.

LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES
IT Needs Effective Leaders -- Now More Than Ever
Times of crisis put unique demands on technology executives to define and defend the IT organization's mission, activities and resources. Those who do so effectively position their firms to capitalize on the eventual upturn.

THE EVOLVING ROLE OF THE CIO
In an Information-Rich World, Insight Will Characterize the Successful Insurance CIO
As the number of devices generating and recording data explodes, those insurance CIOs who can derive new insights by unleashing the power of analytics will provide their companies with a competitive advantage.

THE INNOVATION IMPERATIVE
Going Mobile?
Mobile technology is one of the hottest topics in the insurance industry, but despite Elite 8 executives' commitment to innovation, their opinions vary as to the potential of mobile applications for their businesses in the near term.

ELITE 8 PERSPECTIVES
Elite 8 2009: Where Are They Now?
While last year's Elite 8 honorees continue to drive efficiencies, they increasingly are overseeing initiatives to support business growth.

FROM THE EDITOR
Elite 8 2010: Masters of Change
This year's Elite 8 honorees share an ability to both enact and cope with change.

THE 2010 ELITE 8 HONOREES
Unum's Kathy Owen Manages Large-Scale Tech Change
En route to becoming Unum's Global CIO, Kathy Owen has overseen game-changing technology improvements through several M&As.

Jay Levine Focuses BCBS of Minnesota on the Customer
Hired to be a partner to the business, SVP and CIO Jay Levine is modernizing BCBS of Minnesota's IT organization and transforming the carrier into a customer-focused enterprise.

RGA's Mark Showers Brings a Large-Company Perspective to Rapidly Growing RGA Reinsurance
The former Monsanto CIO is building the governance, infrastructure and application environment that enables the global reinsurer to gain efficiency and organizational transparency while retaining the independent, entrepreneurial spirit of its branch offices.

Guardian CIO Peter Atwater Takes Analytical Approach
In his position as CIO -- Group Insurance at Guardian Life, Pete Atwater has led by example in fostering an environment where smart innovation is rewarded.

From Core Systems to Agent-Facing Technology, Richard Connell Drives Modernization at Selective
Over the past decade Senior EVP Richard Connell has driven the modernization of Selective Insurance Company of America's systems, from infrastructure and core systems to agent-facing technology and underwriting capabilities.

CIO Kelly Hall's Priority: Make Kentucky Farm Bureau Agile
Kentucky Farm Bureau's VP and CIO, Kelly Hall, has helped bring the company into a new age, concentrating on implementing agile, Web-based systems that augment its reputation for customer service.

USAA's Greg Schwartz Delivers Superior Member Experience
USAA SVP and CIO Greg Schwartz stresses process excellence in service of a superior member experience.

Midwest Family Mutual's Ron Boyd Embraces Cloud
Midwest Family Mutual CEO Ron Boyd has grabbed the reigns of the IT strategy and decision making for the P&C carrier, creating a future-focused, innovative organization with a heavy cloud presence.