iPipeline Names Mike Plazony VP of Carrier Sales

The industry veteran is tasked with collaborating with insurance carriers to advance front- and back-office transformation.

(Michael Plazony, VP, Carrier Sales, iPipeline. Source: iPipeline.)

iPipeline (Exton, Pa.), a provider of cloud-based software solutions for the life insurance and financial services industry, has announced the appointment of Michael Plazony as VP of Carrier Sales, tasked with collaborating with insurance carriers to advance front- and back-office transformation. A 40-year insurance industry veteran, Plazony comes to iPipeline from Kemper Life, where he served as President.

Larry Berran, CEO, iPipeline.

“Our appointment of Michael to the role of Vice President of Carrier Sales signals our commitment to provide insurers with a unique view into the buying experience,” comments Larry Berran, CEO, iPipeline. “He has successfully served as a catalyst for change with top carriers seeking to digitally transform their front- and back-office operations and accelerate sales.”

“At both Kemper Life and Erie Insurance, Plazony partnered with us to successfully deploy our next-generation technology, including iGO e-App with a Point-of-Sale Instant Issue process, that made it easier for agents to sell life insurance,” Berran continues. “Organic, new life sales are not easily achieved.  Michael will be able to provide invaluable guidance based on first-hand experience throughout the selling process, and we are excited to have him as a key executive on the iPipeline team.”

Complete Platform to Support Digital Transformation

Plazony describes the opportunity at iPipeline as fitting perfectly with his next-phase career goal of helping multiple insurance carriers implement the front- and back-office digital solutions necessary to drive profitable revenue,” Plazony comments. “iPipeline has the most extensive digital platform within the life insurance industry and continues to bring new innovations to the marketplace. The addition of a policy administration system is a powerful game-changer as iPipeline now has the complete “soup-to-nuts’ platform to enable carriers to accomplish their digital transformation goals.”

As Senior VP of Erie Insurance Group’s life insurance company, Plazony delivered customer-focused competitive products with technology improvements that drove growth with increased cross-selling of life insurance products. Earlier roles include a variety of executive positions at market-leading companies including Bankers Life & Casualty, Caremark, Travelers Insurance, and Trustmark. Plazony earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Indiana University.

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

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