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November 2014 25 T here's a lot on Bryan Fowler's plate these days. Fowler, CIO and VP of information technology at Oregon Mutual Insurance Co. (OMI, McMinnville, Ore.; 2013 direct writ- ten premium of $157.8 million), is overseeing a core transformation project and is redefining the ways the company deals with technology partners (including adoption of cloud-based systems). But perhaps the biggest task for Fowler, who joined the personal and commercial lines in- surer in 2010 after 12 years at Progressive Insurance, is changing the way his colleagues at Oregon Mutual think about the role of technology and the future of the insurance business. He's trying to drive a shift from a traditionally heads-down-on-the-business mindset to one that also incorporates more understanding of how to leverage leading-edge technologies in order to be responsive to cultural and economic megatrends. "I see an opportunity for us to push and drive the business," Fowler says. Referring to the potential of developments such as Internet of Things and telematics, he poses, "We know what's out there in the world — [how can] we apply them to our process and products?" The reality, Fowler says, is that "the world of consumers is going to start defining where we as the insurance industry need to go, instead of us dictating to them." That's why he has introduced a concept he calls "futurization," which is "about designing for Previous Table of Contents Next Previous Table of Contents Next Elite 8 2014 Bryan Fowler, Oregon Mutual Insurance Foundation For The Future CIO Bryan Fowler is leading Oregon Mutual Insurance on a journey that is helping the P&C carrier leverage data, modern core systems, and the cloud. Bryan Fowler CIO and VP of information technology, Oregon Mutual Insurance Co. IT staff: 40-50 professionals. Professional history: Joined Oregon Mutual in 2010 after 12 years at Pro- gressive Insurance as direc- tor, IT; prior roles at Keane, Nabisco Foods Group, and Computer Task Group; served four years as Staff Sergeant, US Marine Corps. Education: North Carolina School of the Arts, Bach- elor of Music; Wake Forest University, Babcock Graduate School of Management, MBA; Kent State University, Graduate School of Management, MBA, ex- ecutive MBA; Harvard Executive Education Little-known fact: When Fowler was based in Cleveland, he was a founding member of a semi- professional string quartet. "One of the biggest challenges we face today is that we have to design things now for capabilities and expectations that we don't even know are coming." By Katherine Burger @KathyBurger

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