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CSAA Insurance Group Appoints Debbie Brackeen as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer


November 15, 2016

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  As CSIO for CSAA Insurance Group, Debbie Brackeen will lead the company's innovation acceleration organization.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., November 15, 2016 – CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, today announced the appointment of Debbie Brackeen as the company’s chief strategy and innovation officer (CSIO).

In her role as CSIO, Brackeen will lead the company’s innovation acceleration organization, which will focus on strategic planning, both sustaining and disruptive innovation capabilities, and business development opportunities.

With more than 25 years of experience and leadership at innovative high-tech companies such as Apple, SUN, Cadence Design Systems, Lutris Technologies, Synchron Networks and eBay, Brackeen’s experience includes strategic partnerships, business development, corporate development, product management and service. Most recently, Brackeen served as the global head of innovation at Citigroup.

“We are strengthening our innovation capabilities to meet evolving customer expectations and needs,” said Paula Downey, president and CEO of CSAA Insurance Group. “We are delighted to have Debbie join our leadership team.”

Brackeen holds a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University and has completed executive programs at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, INSEAD and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Currently, she serves as director and past chair of the Silicon Valley Forum Board of Directors. She has also served as an advisor to the Astia Technology Committee since 2008, and was an advisor on the Corporate Board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) from 2008 to 2009.

About CSAA Insurance Group
CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, offers automobile, homeowners and other personal lines of insurance to AAA members through partnerships with AAA clubs in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 1914, the company has been rated A or better by A.M. Best for nearly 90 years, and is one of the top 20  personal lines property casualty insurance groups in the United States according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The company was also named one of the 50 most community-minded companies in America by Points of Light in 2016.