episode 636

Thrivent’s Brett Brunick on Weaving Digital into the Fabric of the Organization

Brett Brunick is the Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Thrivent, a Fortune 500 diversified financial services organization with $162 billion in assets. His is a newly created role and he's been tasked with accelerating the organization's transformation into a digital-first organization. I'm looking forward to hearing more about all that that entails. He joined the company in May of 2021, and he's a past Chief Information Officer at TCF Bank. February 10, 2022

636: In this interview, Brett covers the importance of creating digital competencies and weaving them into the fabric of the organization. He gives an overview of Thrivent’s business and the two sides of his purview in digital and technology as well as why he feels his role as Chief Digital Officer is temporary as he shifts digital competencies to be incorporated into the overall company. He then provides the necessary components of transforming Thrivent into a digital-first organization and how the role of IT has transformed into a driver of the true customer experience. Finally, Brett shares the commonalities finance shares with retail when it comes to digital adoption, his view of the tech talent coming out of the Twin Cities, and the trends in digital and technology that he is particularly interested in.


This episode is sponsored by Cisco.

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

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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