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Susan Leatherwood

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Corporate Partnerships | All Hands Volunteers
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- Susan Leatherwood, Chief Information Officer of AEGON's Transamerica Retirement Management and Flood Response Volunteer Coordinator
Susan Leatherwood, CIO, ...
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Susan Leatherwood, CIO, AEGON/Transamerica Retirement Management, Cedar Rapids
2008 Women of Innovation Finalists and Winners - Technology Association of Iowa
www.technologyiowa.org, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Susan Leatherwood
Susan Leatherwood is a recognized thought leader within the AEGON/Transamerica family of companies. Her successful track record as an IT architect, project manager and most importantly change agent paid off in her promotion to CIO of Transamerica Retirement Management (TRM). Transamerica Retirement Management opened its doors for business in 2007, and Susan was there from the beginning. She was hand-picked by the executive staff of AEGON USA to design and develop the necessary systems to launch this new business unit quickly in a marketplace that is competing aggressively to reach the retiring "baby boomer" population. Susan leveraged relationships with others inside AEGON USA and IBM to establish a base Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) infrastructure that could grow rapidly in support of the business.
Managing: Susan Leatherwood helps Transamerica meet its goals
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Exec VP Susan Leatherwood: essentially the division's CIO.Exec VP Susan Leatherwood: essentially the division's CIO.
Susan Leatherwood recently moved up to a new job as executive VP of technology for Transamerica Retirement Management, which is a division of Transamerica Capital, Inc.Transamerica is a wholesale broker/dealer and marketing agency for fixed and variable annuities and life insurance products.Division HQ is in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Leatherwood will essentially be the division's CIO, responsible for all technology, including strategic direction, project efforts, support of strategic goals and more.
Senior enterprise architectUntil very recently, Leatherwood was senior enterprise architect (EA) in the company's IT group.The mission of the EA team is to determine IT changes and additions that will help the company's many divisions do business in the most fiscally responsible way."We looked at trends in technology and tried to assess how they would impact the company environment," Leatherwood says.
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Leatherwood was responsible for the Transamerica Retirement Services division, which led to a smooth transition to her new position as executive VP.She was also responsible for the division that manages internal investments.She met quarterly with the CIOs of both divisions and worked to integrate their perspectives with the overall enterprise program.
She was in contact with her divisions daily, and also working closely with other team members."This work is good for the team, good for the divisions and good for the overall company," she proudly states.
Addressing today's needsIn her new role as EVP, one of Leatherwood's important initiatives involves pulling information from multiple divisions for use in the retirement efforts.
The idea is to provide information to a client or an advisor regardless of which products the client currently owns."It doesn't matter which products you hold, you'll get that holistic view," Leatherwood explains.
Jumpstarting her careerLeatherwood began as a Cobol programmer with CyCare Systems (now McKesson) in her junior year at the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA).She was working after school at a pizza restaurant, and CyCare's CIO was one of her regular customers.
When he learned she was majoring in programming, he sent her to interview with CyCare.She started as a computer room operator and later moved to junior programmer.She loved the hands-on opportunity and continued full-time for another two years after graduating in 1985.
Then she moved to Omaha, NE, a bigger city, where she worked for Majors Marketing Research (now Nielsen) and Mutual of Omaha.
On to SchumakerIn 1989 she married a Navy man, which meant a move to the east coast."There are very few ships in the Midwest," she notes with a smile.She found a job as senior programmer/analyst with F. Schumaker & Co (New York, NY), the manufacturer and distributor of Schumacher, Waverly and Village fabrics and wall coverings.
Progressing to manager of production support, Leatherwood supported a distributed IT environment, with warehouses in Chicago, Los Angeles and South Carolina.Still hands-on, she worked on a warehouse shipping system that updated order entry in real time."This was cutting-edge technology back then," she notes.
She also became a serious student of leadership.When people came to her with a question, her initial response would be to ask if they'd read the manual."In fact, they made a sign for me that said 'RTM' because I encouraged them to grow their own skills first, and then look for help."
It can't be just about moneyIn 1996 Leatherwood left Schumaker to try high-paying consulting work.
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That's cutting edge," Leatherwood explains.
Thinking strategicallyDuring her term at Vanguard, Leatherwood began to research enterprise architecture in greater detail, especially as it related to her job.As it happens, this new awareness was what led her to her current company.
As she delved into how other companies defined and structured their organizations, she noticed a listing for an enterprise architecture job in the Midwest.
Going homeAfter that, "It happened really, really fast," she says.
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The relocation has been good all around, Leatherwood says.Her husband, a tech writer, is serving as an associate pastor of their new church.Their two sons love being closer to Grandma and Grandpa.Her brother's family is also local.
Leatherwood is really enjoying the cultural change.The Midwestern culture, and specifically the company culture, value family time.And that, she says, enables her to be much more productive in the office.
She's found that you can go home again, and be even more successful than you thought you'd be.It's an extremely gratifying realization.
Susan ...
www.technologyiowa.org, 30 Mar 2009 [cached]
Susan Leatherwood Susan Leatherwood is a recognized thought leader within the AEGON/Transamerica family of companies. Her successful track record as an IT architect, project manager and most importantly change agent paid off in her promotion to CIO of Transamerica Retirement Management (TRM). Transamerica Retirement Management opened its doors for business in 2007, and Susan was there from the beginning. She was hand-picked by the executive staff of AEGON USA to design and develop the necessary systems to launch this new business unit quickly in a marketplace that is competing aggressively to reach the retiring "baby boomer" population. Susan leveraged relationships with others inside AEGON USA and IBM to establish a base Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) infrastructure that could grow rapidly in support of the business.
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