Farmers Names Paul Wilson CIO

Wilson joins Farmers from Westfield Insurance, where he served as Group IT Leader and CIO.

(Paul Wilson, CIO, Farmers Insurance. Source: Farmers Insurance.)

Farmers Insurance (Woodland Hills, Calif., a subsidiary of the Zurich Insurance Group), the national provider of auto, home and other insurance products, named Paul Wilson, an insurance and IT professional with nearly 30 years of insurance knowledge and leadership experience, its new chief information officer effective August 30, 2018. Wilson joins Farmers from Westfield Insurance (Westfield Center, Ohio), where he served as Group IT Leader and CIO.

Jeff Dailey, CEO, Farmers Insurance.

In his new role, Wilson will serve as a member of the insurer group’s senior leadership team and oversee the development and application of all strategic IT initiatives, according to a Farmers statement.

“We are proud to welcome Paul to Farmers at an important time in the organization’s history as efforts continue in the area of technology innovation to better serve our customers,” comments Jeff Dailey, CEO, Farmers Insurance. “With his extensive background in the insurance industry and IT leading transformational, digital and data-driven initiatives, we are confident Paul will be a strong asset to the Farmers team.”

Prior to his time at Westfield Insurance, Wilson was with Progressive Casualty Insurance for nearly 28 years, serving in a variety of technology and business-related roles, most recently as a key IT applications executive leading Claims, Personal Lines, Commercial Lines and Corporate IT functions.

Commitment to Innovation and Exceptional Customer Service

“I am humbled to be joining such a well-respected organization as Farmers, with a rich history of customer and community service,” comments Wilson. “Their commitment to innovation and exceptional customer service creates the foundation on which Farmers can continue to deliver creative solutions that customers value.”

Wilson holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of Akron. He is passionate about developing the teams he leads and has attended executive training courses at Harvard Business School for executive education.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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