Keeping up with change is tough. In an industry rife with relatively conservative thinking, unless you are really looking for it, the majority of career changes experienced by C-level insurance executives may be hard to notice. A look at Insurance Networking News' Watercooler section of its Web site, however, tells another story. Here, executive-level HR announcements abound, and seem to have no direct correlation to the timing of insurance industry market factors.

There are many reasons that factor into a CEO's decision to move; some to avoid the consequences of poor decision-making, some to perceived greener (read: dollars) pastures. Some move because they are bored; having succeeded at the task at hand, they seek new challenges. Oddly, few move out of the industry. Instead, they move around-often bringing their particular skill sets, long-term successes and lessons learned with them to a larger insurance enterprise, to an insurance technology vendor or to a consulting role.

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