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The beginning of the year often sees a flurry of appointments across the insurance industry, and 2018 has been no exception. Several insurers have named new digital- and data-focused staff, often to key new positions.
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Said Taiym, Lockton Companies
Insurance broker Lockton Companies has named Said Taiym executive vice president and chief digital officer. In his new role, Taiym will focus on digital innovation, specifically the advanced implementation of emerging technologies that will aid Lockton in delivering improved strategic risk solutions for clients, the company says. He will report directly to Ron Lockton, president and CEO.
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Jesus Montano, MassMutual
Life insurer MassMutual has hired Jesus “Laz” Montano as head of enterprise information risk management and CISO. Montano reports to Mark Roellig, MassMutual’s chief technology and administration officer. He is tasked with directing a holistic risk management approach across the company, including managing operational and cyber security risks, ensuring all regulatory and compliance requirements are met, and safeguarding of MassMutual’s data and information.

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Iván de la Sota, Allianz
Allianz has appointed Iván de la Sota chief business transformation officer. He took over his new role on April 1. De la Sota now leads new division at Allianz, which will support the company’s efforts in launching new business platforms and technologies that arise as a result of growing demand from consumers for a more complete digital experience. This includes enhancing existing business models, while introducing new ones, and offering a flexible combination of personal advice and digital services, the company says.

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Donna DeMaio, AIG
Donna DeMaio has appointed global COO, general insurance, at AIG, effective March 15. She had been chief auditor for the company. She is responsible for improving operational processes, driving the technology strategy and leading project management across the business.
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Shelia Anderson, Liberty Mutual
Liberty Mutual Insurance has appointed Shelia Anderson as senior vice president and chief information officer of corporate functions, a newly-created role. Anderson will report to Liberty Mutual’s VP and CIO James McGlennon, while focusing on core systems modernization and new products for Liberty’s policyholders. Anderson was most recently USAA’s vice president and CIO of P&C insurance. Other stops in her career include stints at HP, Electronic Data Systems and Hewlett Packard Enterprise in senior-level technology roles.

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Bruce Gifford, Travelers
Travelers has appointed Bruce Gifford to the newly created role of enterprise chief data and analytics officer. Gifford last was SVP and chief actuary for the company's bond and specialty segments and has been with the company since 2009.

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Brooks Tingle, John Hancock
Brooks Tingle is president and CEO of John Hancock Insurance, a position he held on an interim basis beginning in 2017. He had been SVP of marketing and strategy for the company, during which time he spearheaded the development of its Vitality wearable-technology-based reward program.

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Puneet Bhasin, Unum
Unum Group has named Puneet Bhasin as its new chief information and digital officer, effective March 8. Bhasin will arrive at the U.S. and U.K. workplace insurance benefits provider after two years as executive vice president of corporate operations for Waste Management. He will lead the carrier’s multi-year digital transformation project aimed at developing a technology, product and services roadmap.

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Bahr Omidfar, CNA
Bahr Omidfar has been hired as SVP and CTO for commercial insurer CNA. He had been SVP of technology and software security at Fidelity Investments.

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Erie Insurance
Erie Insurance has made five promotions in its information technology department. The company says its goal is to reflect "the increased strategic-level responsibilities of these roles within the organization." The five individuals gaining new roles are:
David Edgerton, VP, personal lines technology.
Marko Jovanovich, VP, infrastructure administration.
Jamie Neumaier, VP, information security.
Erica Shine, VP, strategic initiatives.
Tim Shine, VP, commercial lines technology.

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