Every year Insurance & Technology honors three of the most outstanding senior technology executives in the insurance industry with the Elite 8 Awards. From our perspective as industry observers, we come into contact with some of the insurance industry's technology stars, but we also look to industry analysts, consultants, vendors and our readers at insurance carriers to nominate the cream of the crop of executives they've observed or worked with. In fact, we'll accept a nomination for Elite 8 from any source whatsoever. However advantageous our viewpoint, we can't see the whole industry. We're asking for your help to identify those outstanding executives that we may not yet know about.
Who Are The Elite 8?
The Elite 8 are insurance carrier senior technology executives who come from the life & annuities, P&C and health insurance industries. They are typically enterprise or line-of-business CIOs, but their title is not as important as their impact on the insurance enterprise they serve. The Elite 8 are honored for cumulative achievement or for outstanding recent results demonstrated by the success of the initiatives they have driven to address their company's business challenges. (See the list of past Elite 8 honorees below.) The Elite 8 come from companies of all sizes and are characterized by leadership, vision and a superior understanding of the opportunities today's technology affords the business of insurance.
How Can I Nominate an Executive to the Elite 8 Insurance & Technology accepts written nominations identifying the nominee by name, title and company, and describing the accomplishments of the candidate in 500 words or less. Please send nominations to Anthony O'Donnell, Senior Editor, Insurance & Technology, at [email protected], 503.465.0359.
Deadline for nominations is July 10.
Former Elite 8 Honorees (with titles held at the time they received the award):
Dennis Noice, SVP, CIO, Nationwide Financial Services
Georgette Piligian, SVP, CIO, Corporate Systems, MetLife
Piyush Singh, CIO, RLI Corp.
Annaclair Kiger, SVP, Customer Service and IT, Colonial Life & Accident
Paul Rix, SVP, CIO, AIG Life
Ron Ponder, EVP, CIO, WellPoint
Scott McKay, CIO, SVP of Operations & Quality, Genworth Financial
Mike Byam, VP, e-Business and Technology, Head of Transformation Office The Hartford Financial Services Group
Steve Sheinheit, SVP, CTO, MetLife
John Chu, SVP, e-Business and Technology, The Hartford
Barbara Piehler, SVP, CIO, Northwestern Mutual
Todd Ellis, SVP, CIO - commercial lines, Chubb
Bob Best, EVP, CIO, UnumProvident
Bob Wilkes, Business Transformation Officer, CSAA
Douglas Reynolds, SVP, CIO, Allianz Life
Michael Connolly, CTO, Aetna
Srinivas Koushik, vice president and enterprise CTO of Nationwide
Joe Gauches, EVP, The Hartford
Gary Scholten, CIO, Principal Financial Group
Linda Fraley, VP and CIO of Lincoln National Life
Matthew Piroch, CIO, Highmark Life
David Saul, CIO, Zurich North America
Greg Tranter, VP and CIO for Allmerica Financial
Ed Leveille, VP, CIO, Providence Washington
Billy McCarter, SVP, CIO, Firemans Fund
Paul Donovan, CIO, ING US Financial Services
Bill Levine, EVP, CIO, AXA Financial
Sherry Manetta, SVP, CIO, The Phoenix Companies
Dennis Callahan, SVP, CIO, Guardian Life Ins. Co.
John Sommerwerck, CIO, Erie Insurance Group
Ken Jaffe, EVP, CIO, MetLife Investors
Carl Ascenzo, SVP, CIO, BCBS of Massachusetts
Bob Walters, EVP, CIO, John Hancock Financial
Barbara Koster, SVP, CIO, Prudential Financial
Chuck McCaig, Managing Director, SVP - IT, Chubb
June Drewry, EVP, CIO, Aon Corp.
Steve Yates, President, USAA IT Co.
Ken Barger, CTO, The Hartford
Byrne Chapman, VP-IS, American Family Mutual Ins.
Mark Popolano, CIO, AIG
Leon Billis, EVP, CIO, AXA Client Solutions
Kevin Murray, SVP, CIO, AIG Claim Services
Max Drucker, VP, CIO, eCoverage
Tony Candito, President & CIO, New England Financial IS, SVP, MetLife
George McKinnon, VP, CIO, Nationwide
Christine Modie, EVP, CIO, Mass Mutual
David Annis, CIO, The Hartford
Cecilia Claudio, SVP, CIO, Farmers Group
1999 (first year):
Bill Friel, Prudential
Glenn Renwick, Progressive
Don Walker, USAA
Judy Campbell, NY Life
Walt Wojcik, Northwestern Mutual
Andrea Anania, Cigna
EP Rogers, MONY Group
John Hodge, NAC Re