Joining Guardian as a CIO with a blank slate for improvement, Dennis Callahan has reduced IT costs, formed a collaborative partnership with the business units, and established a consistent technology direction.Dennis Callahan was content as CIO for global financial services at American International Group (AIG) when he was approached almost two years ago by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America to be its new CIO. He was lured into joining Guardian because of the sheer challenge of "filling in a blank slate," he says.

"After talking with CEO Joseph Sargent, I sensed there was an opportunity to really have a lot of impact here at Guardian," Callahan says. "I could have a 'create what you need to create' and 'do what you need to do' IT environment with no roadblocks."

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