The Hartford Names Shekar Pannala as Chief Information Officer

HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Hartford has named Shekar Pannala chief information officer (CIO) for Property & Casualty, effective March 13. In this newly created role, Pannala will lead technology across the company’s Personal Lines, Small Commercial and Middle & Large Commercial businesses. He will report to The Hartford’s Chief Information Officer Deepa Soni, who leads technology, data, analytics and cyber security across the enterprise. 

“We’re excited to have Shekar as part of our technology leadership team. His blend of executive management and technology expertise across the financial services and insurance industries make him uniquely suited as The Hartford pursues its aggressive technology agenda,” said Soni. “We are on a mission to bring the power and scale of leading-edge technologies to shape the future of insurance for our customers. Shekar’s impressive credentials in technology delivery, customer experience and digital transformation, will help accelerate our digital transformation in the property and casualty business,” Soni said.

Pannala’s broad technology experience was built over a 30-year career of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as the global CIO of Chubb where he was responsible for technology across the enterprise. Before Chubb, Pannala was chief technology officer at S&P Global. He also held senior management roles at BNY Mellon, where he was executive vice president and divisional chief information officer responsible for asset servicing technology.

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