Sammons Financial Group Develops Information Technology Platform

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sammons Financial Group (SFG) is committed to helping families and businesses meet financial needs, and the management of Information Technology infrastructure has never been more important. To that end, SFG announced it has named two IT insurance industry leaders to new roles within the company.

Gary Self is named vice president of enterprise applications. In this new role, Self will lead the corporate services and customer engagement IT teams. He will collaborate closely with finance, actuarial, marketing, legal and business unit groups to deliver technology software solutions to meet SFGa??s evolving business needs.

Cheryl Oa??Heath joins SFG as vice president of life information technology. In this new role, Oa??Heath will lead the life insurance IT team to deliver business initiatives while the company implements an improved operating model between the life business unit, shared services and IT.

a??Gary is a solid IT leader and collaborator. He excels at both building strong business relationships while creating positive morale among the teams he works with,a?? said Kelly Coomer, senior vice president and chief information officer at SFG. a??Garya??s 20 years of experience a?? especially with e-commerce software development and financial applications a?? positions him well for his new role at SFG.a??Self joined SFG in 2015 as associate vice president of IT and led the Life IT platform on an interim basis from February through December of 2019. Prior to joining SFG, he was director of corporate IT at ACI Worldwide and technology officer of e-Business at First National Bank of Omaha.Self holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Bellevue University and a graduate degree in managerial economics from University of Oklahoma. He also has a mastera??s certification in project management from George Washington University. He is based in SFGa??s Sioux Falls office.a??Cheryl is a strategic thinker with solid experience in system transformation efforts,a?? said Coomer. a??Her background in agile business modeling positions her well for success in our Life IT platform. Meeting client expectations and adapting to change in real time is critical. Cheryl will help us address this through our technology enablement strategy.a??
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