Like many insurance carrier technology leaders, Ron Guerrier, who was appointed CIO of Farmers Insurance last December, finds himself taking the reins of a company facing intense disruption. Insurers are transitioning not only from a legacy technology environment — in terms of software and hardware — but also a legacy industry that has a reputation for being slow on the digital uptake. That means trying to compete with hot technology companies, and industries with a better digital reputation, for the staff that will lay the groundwork for the next century of insurance.

“People have a sense that insurance presents a unique opportunity to do some really interesting things with technology like the Internet of Things, autonomous cars and blockchain,” Guerrier says. “There’s an energy and excitement about this ‘What if?’ and ‘Why not?’”

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