BARBARA G. KOSTER
SVP and CIO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
As head of Prudential Financial, Inc.’s Global Business & Technology Solutions Department, Ms. Koster has oversight responsibility for information technology including cybersecurity, technology governance, architecture, and standards at Prudential locations worldwide. Koster also oversees the company’s global networks, data centers, and other technology infrastructure. She leads the company’s Office of Veterans Initiatives, a company-wide program that helps veterans transition from military to corporate life. Koster 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.
Koster joined Prudential in November 1995 as VP and CIO of Individual Life Insurance Systems, where she was responsible for a wide range of technologies. In 2014, Koster was named one of STEMConnector’s 100 Corporate Diverse Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In 2013, she was inducted into Junior Achievement’s New Jersey Business Hall of Fame. In 2011, NJBiz newspaper named her one of the Best 50 Women in Business. She was named CIO of the Year in 2008 by the Executive Council and listed among the top Executive Women of New Jersey. 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.