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I&T Seeks Nominations for Elite 8 2011

We're getting ready to select this year's Elite 8 insurance technology executives, and welcome help from our reader base.

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.

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? Elite 8 nominations should include:

- the name and title of the nominee; name and location of company; - an explanation of why the nominee should be considered, in 500 words or less; - a list of major achievements in up to six bullet points; - any addenda shedding further light on the nominee's suitability for the honor, including career, avocation or educational background.

Please send nominations and address any questions to Anthony O'Donnell, Executive Editor, Insurance & Technology, at [email protected], 360/571-4565.

The roster of Insurance & Technology Elite 8 honorees:

2010 Kathy Owen, CIO, Unum Mark Showers, SVP, CIO, RGA Reinsurance Richard Connell, Senior EVP Selective Insurance Greg Schwartz, SVP, CIO, USAA Jay Levine, SVP, CIO, BCBS of Minnesota Pete Atwater, CIO, Group Insurance, Guardian Life Kelly Hall, VP, CIO, Kentucky Farm Bureau Ron Boyd, CEO, Midwest Family Mutual 2009 Kevin Murray, Executive VP and CIO, AXA Equitable Andy Edwardson, VP, IT, Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance Lori Beer, Executive VP and CIO, WellPoint Robert Casale, SVP, CIO, MassMutual Andy Wood, SVP, CIO, Wilton Re Eileen T. Slevin, SVP, CIO New York Life Mark Berthiaume, CIO, Specialty and Commercial; SVP, Field Operations, Chubb Keith Sievers, SVP, CIO, Unitrin Services Group 2008 Ray Voelker, CIO, Progressive John Golden, EVP, CIO, CNA Bill Jenkins, VP, CIO, Penn National Chuck Cornelio, SVP, CIO Lincoln Financial Group Akhil Tripathi, SVP, CIO Harleysville Linda Squires, Senior Executive, Operations and IS, North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Jeff Carlson, EVP, CIO, AIG American General Steve Wiggins, EVP, CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina

2007 Catherine S. Brune, SVP, CIO, Allstate Insurance Meg McCarthy, SVP, CIO, Aetna Chris Steward, CIO, Arbella Insurance Group Jim Hanson, EVP, IS, Mutual of Omaha Dennis Mehmen, CIO, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance George Napoles, EVP, CIO and Chief Administrative Officer, Jackson National Life Mark Boxer, President & CEO of Operations, Technology and Gov. Services, WellPoint Holly Morris, SVP, CIO, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans 2006 Al Bowen, SVP, Information Systems, Ohio National Financial Services Jim Court, VP, CIO, First American Property & Casualty Ins. Group Bruce Goodman, SVP, Chief Service and Information Officer, Humana John Kellington, SVP, CTO, Ohio Casualty Stuart McGuigan, EVP, enterprise CIO, Liberty Mutual Rick Roy, SVP, customer operations, CUNA Mutual Jeff Stoll, SVP, CIO, individual business, MetLife Joan Zerkovich, CIO, International Catastrophe Managers (ICAT) 2005 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 2004 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

2003 Srinivas Koushik, vice president and enterprise CTO, 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 2002 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

2001 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 2000 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 Bill Friel, CIO, Prudential Glenn Renwick, CIO, Progressive Don Walker, CIO, USAA Judy Campbell, CIO, NY Life Walt Wojcik, CIO, Northwestern Mutual Andrea Anania, CIO, Cigna EP Rogers, CIO, MONY Group John Hodge, CIO, NAC Re

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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