Mr. Bauer has over 20 years of proven leadership in technology and operations management in multiple industries. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and COO of Security Life, a national life & health insurance carrier focusing on the ancillary products markets (dental, vision, disability and life). Prior to joining Security Life, Mr. Bauer served as CIO for Allianz Life where he managed a $250 million dollar budget and over 500 FTE’s located throughout the world. Mr. Bauer managed several multi-million dollar outsourcing contracts with global partners (IBM, Accenture, TCS, Verizon, etc.). The company achieved double digit business growth through the execution of an IT Strategy fueled by a culture consisting of high employee morale, a relentless focus on customer satisfaction and disciplined project delivery. Responsibilities include delivery of transformation programs to implement technology to support streamlined business practices in product development, distribution and operations.
As IT Director at Best Buy, Mr. Bauer managed the HR, Benefits and Payroll technology portfolio. He developed a Knowledge Management Portal that assisted retail store associates’ sales and support efforts. He provided organizational leadership on multiple initiatives from facilitating business strategy development to crafting new employee productivity tactics enabled by technology, such as a shared services organization and acquisition integrations.
At DaimlerChrysler Corp, Mr. Bauer was Senior Manager of HR & Union Relations, responsible for their business process planning, applications development, portfolio management and systems. This IT-based department utilized ERP software with web enabled self-service capabilities to drive higher employee satisfaction and lower unit costs. Key initiatives include the implementation of PeopleSoft, creation of a HR Data Warehouse to support ad hoc reporting and decision support models, and a global HR systems strategy after the merger.
Mr. Bauer has a successful track record of delivering large business transformation projects, such as SAP, policy administration systems and e-commerce systems. His executive experience includes management of operational transformation programs and merger and acquisition integrations. Mr. Bauer is a strong people manager/mentor with unique team building skills, energy and passion. He will lead Operations and IT with a strategy that is aligned with company goals and that will position the company as a high performing and cost efficient organization. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Xavier University and an MBA from Michigan State University.
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