Standing out in tough times is something many business leaders may fantasize about. Actually performing under intense pressure . . . well, that can be a completely different matter. As we honor the Insurance IT All-Stars for 2009, they will be remembered as a group that faced down an extraordinarily difficult year–both in the insurance industry and in the global economy–and helped their companies continue to perform at a high level.

This year’s team includes Lisa Ward of Esurance, Chris Gay of MileMeter, Kendall Blythe of Tokio Marine, Mark Hansen of Horace Mann, and Bob Eshelbrenner of Hastings Mutual.

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