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Gouverneur Goes Northwest

Karl Gouverneur is looking forward to a change in the weather. As Seattle-based Safeco's ($6.2 billion in 2004 revenues) newly appointed vice president, strategy and architecture, the former CNA (Chicago) chief technology officer has departed the extremes of Illinois for the mild winters and dry summers of the Pacific Northwest.

However, Gouverneur will pursue familiar goals in his new surroundings. Having played a key role in the building of CNA's enterprise architecture, he now will play a transformational role at Safeco, contributing technical leadership in the creation of the carrier's strategic IT plan, developing enterprise architecture strategies and delivering architectural components to the business.

"One thing that attracted me to Safeco was that my boss, [CIO] Yom Senegor, is committed to reaching the next step in [IT] maturity," Gouverneur comments. Under Senegor, Safeco's IT organization has grown in credibility tremendously over the past four years, Gouverneur says. "My role will be to help take the next step in being adaptable, predictable and influential."

Among Gouverneur's ambitions are to optimize ease of doing business for both distributors and customers, craft an effective business intelligence strategy and drive operational effectiveness. And, as time permits, he'd like to add fly fishing mastery to his curriculum vitae.

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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