Sammons Financial Group Names Kelly Coomer CIO

Coomer will be responsible for leading technology functions and IT strategy to enable strategic growth across all SFG member companies.

(Kelly Coomer, CIO, Sammons Financial Group.)

Sammons Financial Group, Inc. (SFG; West Des Moines, Iowa) has named Kelly Coomer senior VP and CIO. Coomer will be responsible for leading technology functions and IT strategy to enable strategic growth across all SFG member companies, according to a company statement. Coomer comes to SFG from Allstate (Northbrook, Ill.), where she served as a divisional CIO.

Teri Ross, President, Shared Services, SFG.

“Kelly has set herself apart as a successful leader with a proven track record of facilitating large-scale consumer facing technology initiatives,” comments Teri Ross, president, Shared Services, SFG. “Her focus on organizational culture and values is as impressive as her accomplishments, which is foundational to our company’s success and was crucial in our search for a new chief information officer.”

As SFG’s CIO Coomer will lead all technology areas including applications, software development, data, infrastructure, architecture, IT risk and security, asset management, and end user devices. She will be responsible for collaborating closely with major stakeholders and business units on IT strategy and technology resources to achieve enterprise efficiencies, according to SFG’s statement on her appointment.

Two Decades of Technology Leadership

Coomer’s IT career spans 20 years of leading technology initiatives. At Allstate Coomer’s most recent role was vice president, divisional CIO, product technology, with responsibility for over $100 million of annual technology initiatives, and overseeing large scale policy administration systems running a Personal Lines insurance business of more than $30 billion. Coomer also has led enterprise-wide teams addressing consumer-facing technologies and software development, including websites, mobile apps, policy document production systems, online analytics and SEO.

Coomer received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from University of Southern California. She has also participated in the Society of Information Management’s Regional Leadership Forum program and pursued Executive Information Technology studies at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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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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