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Montana State Fund Appoints New CIO

Harold Williams, formerly of Nationwide Insurance Appointed CIO of Montana State Fund.

With the long-term goal of moving workers' compensation carrier Montana State Fund (MSF, Helena, MT) from a client/server-based architecture to an e-business paradigm, Harold Williams—formerly the officer in charge of property-and-casualty operations at Nationwide Insurance (Columbus, OH)—has joined the the non-profit MSF as chief information officer. The overall catalyst of the automation initiative, explains the IT executive, is cost reduction.

Williams, who is working towards securing funding for his e-business strategy, hopes to draw upon the P&C agency automation experience that he gained during hisNationwide tenure. "At the Montana State Fund, I hope to increase the automated functionality made available to agents and other stakeholders," he explains. While embarking upon such initiatives, a top priority for Williams will be to make sure that projects are easily integrated. Regarding his future MSF endeavors, Williams is confident that his Nationwide work experience has enabled him to get a handle on the bigger picture. "I can provide the Montana State Fund with some perspective on the amount of work that needs to be done and the difficulty of the challenges that we are going to face," according to Williams.

Prior to his position at Nationwide Insurance, Williams was the president of Columbus, OH-based Connaisance Consulting, a provider of implementation and integration services for Siebel, SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle and Lotus Notes software applications.

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