ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allen Fazio has been named Chief Information Officer (CIO) at The Word & Brown Companies, effective immediately. The Word & Brown Companies are the nation’s leaders in developing and offering innovative technology, health benefit plan models and sophisticated employee benefits services to companies of all sizes.
“In his new role Allen will work with each of the Word & Brown Companies to drive technological advancements and enhance our IT services to enable us to better address the diverse needs of brokers, employers and individuals who rely upon our organization,” said Word & Brown co-founder John M. Word III. “Allen will also be working to bolster our SaaS technology, enhance our quoting technology to help us gain further market share in the health insurance industry and streamline resources to reduce costs while bringing innovative solutions to our customers.”
Since 1996, Fazio has served in a variety of roles for The Walt Disney Company and its cruise, theme park and resort businesses. He was vice president of business technology and strategic planning from 2011 to 2014, after five years as vice president and CIO at Disneyland and Walt Disney Imagineering. He also served more than five years as director of information systems for Disney Cruise Line. Before his move to Southern California, Fazio was a supervising auditor at Coopers & Lybrand in Detroit working with key clients including Ford Motor Company, Libby Owens Ford Glass and Masco Industries.
Fazio earned his master’s in business administration degree from Webster University, and his bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Eastern Michigan University. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified information systems auditor (CISA). He was recognized in 2011 as a Top 10 Breakaway Leader by the CIO Leadership Network. He is active in Orange County charitable activities including eight years of service on the CHOC (Children’s Hospital Orange County) Foundation Board and former co-executive chair of CHOC Walk as well as ongoing support of KaBOOM! playspace construction and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).
“Our information technology systems play a pivotal role in our ability to evolve and grow in the ever-changing health insurance industry,” said Word & Brown co-founder Edward “Rusty” Brown Jr. “We look forward to Allen’s leadership in this vital area. His two decades of experience are a tremendous asset and his expertise will be important in championing our technological advancements as we continue to address the many needs of the brokers, employers and individuals we serve across the country.”
Operating nationally The Word & Brown Companies include: the Word & Brown® General Agency, the largest general agent in California and Nevada focusing on group and individual and family insurance; Word & Brown Medicare Brokerage, offering Medicare coverage nationwide as well as individual and family plan coverage outside the service area of the Word & Brown General Agency; CONEXIS, the nation’s first outsourcing provider to offer benefits administration on a single, Web-based fully integrated system; CHOICE Administrators, the nation’s leading developer and distributor of health insurance exchange programs; Quotit® Corporation, the foremost national provider of Internet sales and marketing solutions for the health insurance and employee benefits industry; and HealthCompare® and Joppel® by HealthCompare, which help individuals, families and seniors easily research, compare, buy and enroll in the right health insurance or Medicare Advantage, Medigap or prescription drug plan at the right price. The Word & Brown Companies have built strong relationships with partners across the country – including more than 55,000 brokers and hundreds of health plans through which they provide benefits and service to approximately 60,000 employers with nearly 6.5 million eligible employees and hundreds of thousands of consumers nationwide. For more information about the firm, visit www.wordandbrowncompanies.com.