IT executives from some of the biggest names in the insurance industry have been named to a committee that will nominate the most impactful technology initiatives undertaken by insurers. The senior IT Execs that make up the newly formed Nominating Committee for the 2015 Novarica Research Council Impact Awards are from AIG, Encompass, Great American Insurance Group, MetLife, Patriot National, and Penn Mutual.

The awards are part of the Insurance Technology Research Council’s annual meeting designed to examine and discuss trends and issues facing insurers, organized by Novarica, a research and advisory firm focused on insurance technology strategy. This year nominating committee includes:

  • Karl Uphoff, CIO, AIG Consumer Insurance (Americas)
  • Curt Kibler, Director of Technology, Encompass Insurance Company
  • Piyush Singh, SVP and CIO, Great American Insurance Group, P&C Operations
  • John Gilmore, VP of Global Employee Benefits IT, MetLife
  • Judy Haddad, EVP and CIO, Patriot National
  • Greg Driscoll, CIO, The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company

The committee members will review case studies based on submissions from among the more than 300 members of the Novarica Insurance Technology Research Council of insurer CIOs, a free, private, moderated knowledge-sharing community for insurance IT leaders, and other insurance senior IT executives. Submissions for the 2015 Awards are welcome before February 28, 2015, and the submission form is online at

Submissions are welcome from United States, Canadian, and Bermuda insurers. Solution providers may work with insurers to submit information, but the insurer must be the primary contact. Once the submission form is in, Novarica will draft the case study based on information submitted, and the insurer will have draft approval. Insurers can opt to have a case study published anonymously without the use of their name.

There were 11 nominees for last year’s Impact Award nominees, and the winners were Brickstreet Mutual, for adopting Agile development (new practice); Legal & General America, for e-delivery of policies (quick hit project); ICW, for its portal and underwriting workstation (expansion project); and Patriot National, for total legacy replacement (transformation project). All case studies are published in an annual Compendium, and the most recent is online at

Once the nominees are announced in April, all of the members of the Insurance Technology Research Council will have two months to select the winners. Winners will be announced at an event in NYC on August 13.

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