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CSAA Insurance Group (Walnut Creek, Calif.) has promoted Paul Acevedo to executive VP and CIO. The AAA insurer has also named Marlys Rodgers as its new chief information security officer (CISO).
“Technology is an essential element of business strategy, and Paul has the vision required to deliver in a fast-changing, highly competitive market,” comment Tom Troy, president and CEO of CSAA Insurance Group. “Under his leadership, we’ll create compelling digital experiences for AAA Members, our partners and our employees with even greater agility, speed and efficiency.”
As a member of the organization’s executive leadership team, Acevedo leads CSAA Insurance Group’s technology organization, responsible for consumer- and agent-facing digital experiences, data and analytics platforms, core application systems (policy, claims, financial and HR), information security and foundational infrastructure, CSAA Insurance reports.
“Almost every aspect of every product or service we offer today or in the future depends on technology,” comments Acevedo. “We’re transforming how we build and deliver IT products for all our customers, with the flexibility needed to quickly adapt to change. There are tremendous market opportunities we can pursue, and I’m excited about the pivotal role that IT can play in doing so.”
Acevedo joined CSAA Insurance Group in 2011 and has served in executive leadership roles for digital, data, telematics, and business architecture. He has held product and marketing leadership positions at startup and established technology companies – including BMC Software, ITM Software, Sun Microsystems and Terraspring – developing a range of enterprise software and cloud infrastructure solutions. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University, and an MBA from Stanford University.
As CISO Marlys Rodgers Will Report to Paul Acevedo
Rodgers, CSAA Insurance Group’s new CISO, will be responsible for designing and executing the company’s IT security strategy to keep internal and customer data secure. She will report to Acevedo.
“We’re honored every day by AAA Members who entrust us with their confidential information,” comments Acevedo on Rodgers’ appointment. “Keeping their data secure means ensuring the integrity of our internal systems and processes. Marlys’ customer-first approach and depth of IT security experience make her an excellent fit to lead our IT strategy, in service of AAA Members.”
As CSAA Insurance Group’s enterprise security leader, Rodgers will drive security strategy as well as day-to-day security operations, the company reports. She and her team will be charged with maintaining and monitoring security; mitigating risks through policies, education, communication, audits and compliance standards; and guiding the IT governance and controls functions. Rodgers will be based in the company’s Glendale, Ariz., office.
“CSAA Insurance Group’s well-earned and long-established reputation for supporting AAA Members gets to the root of what insurance is about – caring for people,” Rodgers comments. “I look forward to using my experience and skills to contribute to such a worthy endeavor, with people who take pride in serving customers at their most vulnerable life moments.”
Rodgers joins CSAA Insurance Group from PayPal, where she held the dual roles of head of Technology Oversight and Risk and Compliance Officer since 2017. She was responsible for establishing PayPal’s enterprise technology framework, policy, controls, monitoring and risk assessment for 16+ business units. Prior to her PayPal experience, Rodgers held a variety of roles in technology and risk with escalating responsibilities at American Express, over a period of 17 years. In her last role at the company, as VP of Operational Risk, Global Risk and Compliance, Rodgers owned and executed the company risk framework and policies. She was also vice chair for the New Product Approval Committee and secretary for the Enterprise Operational Risk Management Committee. She received numerous technology excellence awards during her tenure at American Express, and is currently a member of the board of directors and secretary for the Alliance of Women and Technology, Southwest.