Adds former Flagstar Senior Vice President and CIO to executive team
DETROIT (October 29, 2019)—H.W. Kaufman Group, a global network of companies dedicated to shaping the future of insurance, announced today the addition of Richard S. Fusinski to its executive team. Fusinski joins Kaufman as Chief Information Officer and will be based at the company headquarters in Detroit/Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Fusinski will set and oversee strategy for Information Technology at Kaufman while working closely with leadership on key advancements, ensuring IT remains at the forefront of key firm-wide deliberations. He will also lead short and long-term planning and oversee the execution of strategic projects for all 15 Kaufman companies. He will report to Daniel J. Kaufman, Executive Vice President, H.W. Kaufman Group and Chief Operating Officer of Kaufman’s subsidiary, Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager.
“Hiring Richard not only reflects our commitment to recruiting outstanding talent, but also our focus on innovation in the industry and leveraging advanced technology and data analytics as a competitive advantage,” said Kaufman. “In Richard we have found a partner to work closely with our executive team and field leadership in propelling our business forward, expanding the organization’s capabilities to better support the growth of our global team.”
With two decades of experience in progressive IT leadership positions, Fusinski most recently served as Senior Vice President and CIO, Community Banking of Flagstar Bank, among the 100 largest banks in the United States, based in Troy, Michigan. Earlier in his career, he spent more than 10 years in a variety of roles including IT consulting, software development and data management. Along with Kori Johanson, Chief Compliance Officer, and Paul Smith, Corporate Vice President, Carrier Relations, Fusinski is the third senior executive to join Kaufman this year.
“We have seen tremendous technological advances across the financial service industries and this role is an opportunity for me to apply best practices and fresh thinking to innovating insurance tools and processes,” said Fusinski. “I look forward to joining H.W. Kaufman Group as they have heavily invested in technology to improve service to clients and I will carry that progress forward by developing scalable, strategic solutions to keep us in tune with the ever-changing insurance industry.”
Fusinski holds an MBA in Management and Finance from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University. He recently completed a Leadership Development Program from the Center for Creative Leadership in 2016 as well as earning an AXELOS-ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management in 2014.