Seattle - Safeco has named William Jenks chief information officer, effective April 17, 2006.Jenks most recently served as executive vice president and chief information officer of worldwide operations at Publicis Groupe, one of the world's largest advertising and media companies. At Publicis, Jenks led the consolidation of separate technology platforms following a major corporate acquisition. He also realigned the company's technical resources to support top-line business objectives and improve the efficiency of its global workforce.

Before joining Publicis, Jenks was chief information officer at Space Systems/Loral, Heller Financial Inc., and at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He started his career in 1974 at IBM, and subsequently held positions at Martin Marietta, Inc., and Northrop Grumman Corp.

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