Profile of Anthony O'Donnell
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Anthony O'Donnell has covered technology in the insurance industry since 2000, when he joined the editorial staff of Insurance & Technology. As an editor and reporter for I&T and the InformationWeek Financial Services of TechWeb he has written on all areas of information technology in the property/casualty, life and health insurance industries, following the trends and issues faced by senior technology executives. In addition to reporting and editorial duties for I&T, O'Donnell also serves as a moderator and speaker at industry events and broadcasts. He began his editorial career in the healthcare industry where he reported and edited for medical publications with a variety of audiences, from the general public to physicians and researchers. He has also worked in the healthcare field as a media relations professional and Spanish/English interpreter/translator, and has taught English composition and conversation classes to native speakers of Spanish, both in the United States and in Latin America. O'Donnell lives in the Portland, Oregon area with his wife and two sons.
Articles by Anthony O'Donnell
posted in November 2007
Former SVP of IT business applications Kathy Owen has been named the Chatanooga-based disability insurer's chief information officer, reporting to COO Bob Best. Brent Rogers, former SVP for operations and technology has been named CTO.
Whatever this means for the British government and governments in general, the incident once again sounds the general alarm about the vulnerability of private data that individuals choose to or are forced to disclose to supposedly responsible parties. And it shows once again that clever security measures focused on defense against malice may be inadequate in the face of official arrogance, laziness, stupidity and plain incompetence.
several important new CIO appointments have been made recently, including Mark Oakley's being named to State Farm's top technology spot, Eileen Slevin becoming CIO of New York Life, and Ed Steinike taking on the CIO role at ING Americas.
If consumer-focused CIOs are a recipe for success, then Steinike is "the real thing."
Automobile Club of Southern California has selected Guidewire Software's Web-based ClaimCenter to replace the AAA affiliate's legacy claims systems and drive improved efficiency and service.
Eileen Slevin, who recently replaced Judith Campbell as New York LIfe's CIO, will draw on extensive project management experience and background in shaping the company's e-commerce accomplishments and business resilience capabilities as she develops the mutual's IT strategic plan.
Recently appointed State Farm CIO Mark Oakley will apply both business and technology experience to the carrier's legacy technology challenges and customer experience ambitions.
The newly named AVP in charge of technology at Allstate personal lines brand Encompass will focus on speedier and more intuitive systems for independent agents, brokers and other distribution channels.
Addressing market changes driven by rising healthcare costs, Medical Mutual of Ohio has added the "boutique" capabilities of small group focused third-party administrator (TPA) Benefit Services, Inc., to the Cleveland-based carrier's own TPA offering.
Executive vice president and CIO Kevin Murray is establishing strategic platforms in support of AXA Equitable's ambitious growth objectives.
Back on the carrier side after a stint at Integro, Craig Lowenthal faces the challenge of turning around legacy systems-bound New York Marine and General Insurance Co.'s (NYMAGIC) technology organization.
The boards of LOMA and LIMRA have agreed to unite under the new name LL Global, saying that the complementary offerings of the groups will bring members synergies.
Former Ohio Casualty CTO and IBM consultant John Kellington will apply his best-practice and project management disciplines to his new role as ACORD's senior vice president in charge of standards.
Allianz of America's expansion of its network services agreement will foster greater operational unity between its Fireman's Fund and Allianz Life companies.
"We're the hub of the insurance industry," ICW's Deborah Smallwood said of CIOs, whose technology serves as the circulatory systems for insurance companies. "We are in a position to really transform the industry."
Reflecting on the implications of the new consumer for insurers' customer outreach, and of the underappreciated demographic inevitability of that consumer's emergence, Plaxo's Todd Masonis said, "You should be scared."