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Aon’s Dail Straddles Worlds

Aon's Baljit Dail has added global CIO duties to his responsibilities as executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

In his approach to IT/business alignment, Baljit Dail, Aon's (Chicago) new global chief information officer, says he begins with himself. Having retained his duties as chief administrative officer, Dail remains head of one of the company's business units. "As I think through the decisions that I'm going to make in the corporate CIO role, I see the flip side of the implications of that from a business unit perspective," he explains.

Dail brings to Aon's technology organization a combination of business perspective and technology roots -- he began his career 20 years ago as a programmer -- and a track record of execution at a diverse set of firms, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts (White Plains, N.Y.), JPMorgan (New York), Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Mich.) and McKinsey & Co. (New York).

Dail says he will continue to drive an existing focus on improving efficiency within the IT organization and investing strategically in systems that can fundamentally change the company's competitive position. "The focus is reducing the 'lights on' spend so that we can create some headroom in the IT budget to invest," he relates.

Another priority will be developing a globally oriented IT leadership team. While there is collaboration between some parts of Aon's global technology organizations, in some cases, Dail says, "There's still very much a focus on 'my part of the world.'" --Anthony O'Donnell

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 ... View Full Bio

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