Harford Mutual Promotes Jeffrey Bischoff to VP, IT

Head of IT since May 2023, Bischoff’s elevation to VP was one of three executive promotions, along with Patrick Gagen, as VP, HR; and Stacey Rebbert to VP and CMO.

(Jeffrey J. Bischoff, VP, IT, Harford Mutual. Source: Harford Mutual.)

Harford Mutual Insurance Group, a Bel Air, Md.-based regional provider of commercial property and casualty insurance products and services, including monoline workers’ compensation through the addition of Clearpath Specialty in 2023, has named Jeffrey Bischoff Vice President of Information Technology. The carrier announced two other promotions, that of Patrick J. Gagen to Vice President of Human Resources, and Stacey A. Rebbert to Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer.

With more than 25 years of IT experience, Bischoff joined Harford Mutual in 2023. In his new role, he will continue to oversee the IT department and be responsible for developing and leading the company’s information technology strategy.

Patrick Gagen, VP, HR, Human Resources, Harford Mutual.

Bischoff has held technical positions at Selective Insurance Group (Branchville, N.J.) Housing Authority Insurance Group (Cheshire, Conn.), and Travelers Insurance (Hartford) before joining New London County Mutual Insurance (Norwich, Conn.) in 2015 as Assistant VP of IT. His responsibilities at New London County Mutual Insurance included managing IT and Infrastructure and directing the implementation of Guidewire across the organization.

Patrick J. Gagen, SPHR/SHRM-SCP, has been promoted from Assistant Vice President of Human Resources to Vice President of Human Resources. Gagen joined Harford Mutual in 2015 as Director of Human Resources. As Vice President, Gagen will continue to oversee benefits administration, compensation management, training and professional development programs, and the implementation of internal policies and procedures.

Gagen has 20 years of HR experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Towson University. He has also achieved his Lean Green Belt Certification, SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designations.

Stacey Rebbert, VP, Chief Marketing Officer, Harford Mutual.

Stacey A. Rebbert, AINS, has been promoted from Assistant Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications to Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. A marketing professional for 35 years, Rebbert joined Harford Mutual in 2013 as Marketing Manager and was promoted to Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications in 2018. In her role, Rebbert will continue to spearhead the company’s brand management, lead her team in the execution of all digital marketing, advertising, employee engagement, public relations, community relations, and corporate communications.

Rebbert currently serves as Chair of the Commission for Women in Harford County and sits on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties. She is also a mentor for Dr. Nancy Grasmick’s Outstanding Young Women Leaders Program at Towson University. Rebbert holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Towson University and a Master of Art degree in Contemporary Communication from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Harford Mutual Hires Jeffery Bischoff to Lead Information Technology

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 AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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