Western & Southern CIO Wins Breakaway Leadership Award

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Karen Chamberlain headshot

Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern) Chief Information Officer Karen A. Chamberlain is a recipient of the 2016 Global CIO Breakaway Leadership Award.

Karen is an inspirational leader who effectively unites teams to enable them to perform at optimal levels.

The Breakaway Leadership Award honors CIOs and senior security executives who demonstrate exceptional leadership. Qualified CIOs were nominated by their peers, describing how their business impact drives results across the C-suite and the enterprise. A distinguished voting panel chose 10 finalists, and attendees at the Global CIO Executive Summit voted to determine five 2016 Breakaway Leadership Award recipients.

"Karen is an inspirational leader who effectively unites teams to enable them to perform at optimal levels. Her inclusive style readily engages all stakeholders and elicits a wide variety of perspectives and data to obtain maximum solutions to formidable problems," said John F. Barrett, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Western & Southern. "Her passion and drive are contagious and her focus on results motivates associates to bring their 'A' game to work every day. The combination of her excellent leadership skills and analytical capabilities has resulted in a significant increase in her responsibilities to include both information technology and our internal insurance operations in the short two and a half years she has been with our enterprise."

Chamberlain attended DePaul University in Chicago. She holds FINRA Series 6 and 26 licenses. Her career spans nearly 30 years in information technology and operations with assignments at Allstate Insurance Company, JPMorgan Chase and The Hartford Insurance Group.

She lives with her husband, Gene, in Indian Hill. They have two adult children – Alex and Liz.

About Western & Southern Financial Group
Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. (Western & Southern), a Fortune 500 company, is now the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($47.2 billion) and managed ($22.3 billion) total $69.5 billion as of Sept 30, 2017. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its six life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain very strong financial ratings and a Comdex Ranking of 96. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.¹ IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC¹; Touchstone Advisors, Inc.¹; Touchstone Securities, Inc.²; W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.²; and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. For more information on the Western & Southern family of companies, visit www.westernsouthern.com. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of the Western & Southern Open (www.wsopen.com), a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world's top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.

1 A registered investment advisor.
2 A registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC.
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