Starting as a systems programmer more than 25 years ago at the company, Mary Springberg, now VP and CIO of Allstate Financial, has had unusually broad exposure to the business, first on the P&C side, and then in life and annuity.

"Back in the 1990s, they operated as very different companies, but it was the best thing I ever did. I stepped out of my comfort zone," she says. "It gave me a chance to, in a sense, work for a new company without the risk of culture shock or the real risk of changing companies." Now she encourages job rotations, especially for people early in their career, as that range of experiences helps the organization build more flexible teams.

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