Jeff Stoll has retired from his job as CIO of Individual Business (IB) at MetLife. Larry Blakeman has moved from his role as CIO of MetLife Auto & Home to take on the IB CIO job. In a phone conversation Stoll said that he was tired and that it was time for a change, so he decided to take some personal time.Stoll has certainly earned a rest. Before becoming IB CIO, Stoll drove MetLife's massive ProjectLESS consolidation effort that eliminated 53 legacy systems. As IB CIO, he played a critical role in MetLife's rapid integration of Travelers' systems, which must rank as one of the great M&A technology achievements of recent time. These and other accomplishments influenced Stoll's being elected one of I&T's Elite 8 for 2006.
Stoll told us that he looks forward to the coming days, "with a smile on my face!" He says that currently he has no plans to re-enter the insurance technology fray and that it's at least as much a question of "if" as "when" he will return.
No doubt he's earned a permanent break, but it's hard to imagine a man of such drive staying out of the game. Stoll is energetic even in his pleasures, which include whitewater rafting down the likes of Oregon's Rogue River and fishing for billfish off the Central American coast. Maybe he'll stay retired. For a while. After reflecting, toward the end of our conversation, on the pleasures that await him on his more relaxed schedule, he said, "let me know if you hear about anything..."
Posted by Anthony O'Donnell
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