Forum on World Class IT - 307 Interviews and Podcasts

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May 1, 2017: Mike Keller, CIO of Nationwide

Among other topics, Mike discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • Nationwide’s One-Brand alignment
  • IT’s role in Nationwide’s initiatives to simplify, modernize, and reinvent their core businesses
  • Optimizing for both business intimacy and economies of scale
  • Vendor goverance
  • Workforce planning for developing and transitioning team members for evolving organizations
  • The opportunities provided by a long tenure as CIO
  • Leadership strategies for creating an environment of learning, collaboration, and innovation
  • Executive development and internal rotational development
  • Columbus 2020: a private/public partnership to encourage economic development
  • Eye on the trends: autonomous vehicles, the sharing economy, smart mobility

Mike Keller’s Biography

Mike Keller is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Nationwide, a $43 billion insurance and financial services company. He is responsible for the prioritization and delivery of Nationwide’s strategic business transformation program, technology strategy, and IT capabilities.

Prior to joining Nationwide in 2001, Mike was Chief Technology Officer for Corporate Infrastructure at Bank One and held leadership roles at IBM in a number of areas including global services and industry solutions.

Mike is on the Board of Directors for Columbus 2020, a public-private partnership designed to position Central Ohio as one of the nation’s leaders in economic development. He is Chairman of the Board for the Columbus Collaboratory, whose initiatives focus on delivering business value through advanced analytics and cyber security solutions. Mike also serves on the IBM Board of Advisors and McKinsey’s Global Insurance COO Roundtable.

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

I recently caught up with Mike in his office in Columbus, OH. Our conversation covered World Class IT Principle One, People, as Mike discussed how he recruits, develops, and transitions talent in an evolving organization; Principle Four, IT &-Business Partnerships, as Mike discussed his team’s role in Nationwide’s ongoing transformation; and Principle Five, External Partnerships, as Mike described Nationwide’s relationship with its three global service providers. We also covered Mike’s long tenure as CIO of Nationwide and a variety of other topics.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview