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Securian Financial Honored as 2018 CIO 100 Winner for Technology Excellence

Issued by: Securian Financial Group

Date: May 10, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 10, 2018 -- IDG's CIO, the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders, has named Securian Financial one of its 2018 CIO 100 award winners. The program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operation and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

"Every year, we are honored to showcase the technology innovation and business value delivered by our CIO 100 award winners. Each of these companies has achieved notable success in accelerating businesses to the front lines of the digital revolution," said Maryfran Johnson, Executive Director of CIO Programs for CIO Events and the CIO Executive Council. "This year's winners are inspiring examples of how IT leadership, business partnerships and customer engagement can reshape the future."

Securian Financial, a first-time CIO 100 honoree, is intensifying its commitment to delivering business solutions through technology and innovation. The company has initiated a digital and technical transformation of its business to meet changing customer expectations, taking a multi-prong approach:

  • Transform core businesses: Embed digital capabilities into all businesses to enhance their competitiveness in a changing environment.
  • Seek collaborators in innovation: Test new markets and capabilities through strategic relationships with FinTech and InsurTech market disruptors.
  • Be an innovator and disruptor: Leverage an in-house innovation lab to drive entrepreneurial efforts and disrupt markets in which the company is uniquely positioned.
"This is a significant recognition of Securian Financial's momentum in transforming our technology and driving innovation to meet today's changing customer expectations, positioning us for future success," said Sid Gandhi, Securian Financial's chief strategy and enterprise technology officer. "Amongst hundreds of applicants, we are honored that CIO believes Securian Financial has earned the right to join such a prestigious list of companies known for their technological prowess."

Securian Financial and the other 2018 CIO 100 winners will be recognized at The CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony, to be held August 15 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The complete list of winners is available on the CIO website.

About the CIO 100
Recipients of this year's CIO 100 Award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges (many of them former CIOs) reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' evaluations and selected the final 100.

About Securian Financial Group
Since 1880, Securian Financial Group and its affiliates have provided financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, investments and retirement plans. Now one of the nation's largest financial services providers, Securian is the holding company parent of a group of companies that offer a broad range of financial services.

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