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Jim Court Takes Charge of American Property and Casualty's Operations

American Property and Casualty's Chief Operating Officer Jim Court focuses on operations and the entire IT organization.

The one constant in insurance technology seemingly is change. For Elite 8 2006 honoree Jim Court, the past year certainly has brought significant change. Promoted from his post as chief information officer of First American Property and Casualty, a subsidiary of First American Corp., to chief operating officer in May, Court now is in charge of all of the carrier's operations -- including oversight of the entire IT organization.

Jim Court, First American Property and Casualty Insurance Companies

According to Court, the switch to COO represents a significant change from his previous CIO position. "I now have an entirely different view of IT," he says. "Where I used to look at it through a microscope, I now look at it through a wide-angle lens. It's been a very challenging year, and a very good one."

Court adds that his main areas of focus for the coming year include continuing development of people and processes within the insurance group -- no doubt with an eye on the rapidly changing business and technology environment.

Peggy Bresnick Kendler has been a writer for 30 years. She has worked as an editor, publicist and school district technology coordinator. During the past decade, Bresnick Kendler has worked for UBM TechWeb on special financialservices technology-centered ... View Full Bio

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