BARBARA G. KOSTER
SVP and CIO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Ms. Koster has oversight responsibility for information technology including cybersecurity, technology governance, architecture and standards, global networks, data centers, and other technology infrastructure. She is chairman of the board of Pramerica Systems Ireland, Ltd. and founding member of Prudential Systems Japan, Ltd., which are technology subsidiaries of Prudential Financial Inc. She also is a member of the Prudential Foundation board of directors. She leads the company’s Office of Veterans Initiatives, a company-wide program that helps veterans transition from military to corporate life.
Koster joined Prudential in November 1995 as VP and CIO of Individual Life Insurance Systems, where she was responsible for application development, including those that support distribution, policy administration, customer relationships, business strategy, call centers, service delivery, financial systems, information security, business continuation, and architecture.
Koster is dedicated to building a pipeline of diverse talent in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In 2017, Koster was named one of STEMConnector's 100 Corporate Diverse Leaders in STEM. She also received the Tip O'Neill Irish Diaspora Award for contributions toward building the technologists of the future. She is a founding member of Workforce Opportunity Services, which provides underserved youth and military veterans with training, mentoring, and career opportunities. She is also a member of the Donegal Diaspora International Advisory Committee.
Koster has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, an associate degree in computer technology, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from St. Francis College.