Validus' Mary Kotch on Improving Data Management Processes

Experienced CIO brings open-minded, learning-focused approach to data operations changes

Mary Kotch, global chief information officer, Validus

When Mary Kotch, an accomplished IT executive at MetLife and AIG, joined Validus, a smaller re-insurance company, as its global chief information officer in April, she began by spending time with different departments of the firm to learn how they worked, rather than instituting an operations plan immediately.

"I don't believe in starting data governance programs first," she says. "You need the business to realize that in a partnership between us, them and operations, if we can show them how

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