Erie Insurance appointed a new chief information security officer. GEICO’s board elected a new officer and promoted two others.


Erie Insurance has appointed Jamie Neumaier to the role of chief information security officer (CISO), effective Sept. 10. He will lead the company’s cybersecurity operations and manage the information security policies, governance and architecture.

Neumaier will report directly to Robert Ingram, executive vice president and chief information officer. He succeeds Keith Kennedy, who has taken a new role leading the company’s innovation area.

Neumaier joined Erie Insurance in 2004 as a lead information security analyst and currently serves as VP, information technology, leading the information security department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s in business administration from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) through the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.

Neumaier will continue to work from Erie Insurance’s home office in Erie, Pa.


The GEICO board of directors has elected a new officer and promoted two others.

Jonathan Shafner was promoted to VP and general counsel. He joined GEICO in 1986 as an attorney and has been assistant VP and deputy general counsel since 2017. Shafner received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Connecticut and his law degree from Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Mass., where he was also a member of the Law Review.

John O’Keefe was promoted to VP and chief information security officer with responsibility for data operations, architecture and infrastructure. After completing four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, O’Keefe joined GEICO in 1985 as a programmer. He has been GEICO’s AVP and CISO since 2016.

Fikri Larguet was elected AVP and will lead IT data operations. Larguet started his career at GEICO as a senior software developer and most recently served as director of Cloud Products and Services. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Strayer University and a bachelor’s in marketing from EFAP School of Communications in Paris, France.

Source: Erie Insurance, GEICO