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Executive Announcement

COUNTRY Financial® names Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer


Brad Hildestad, interim chief information officer (CIO) for COUNTRY Financial®, has been named executive vice president and CIO effective immediately. He will report to Chief Executive Officer Kurt Bock. 

Hildestad will provide overall strategic direction for the organization’s technology and information functions. This includes incorporating emerging technologies which support corporate strategies, with an emphasis on mobility, security, and improved customer experience.

Hildestad joined COUNTRY Financial in May 2015 as vice president of Infrastructure Engineering and IT Operations & Support. He was named interim CIO in November 2015.  

Prior to joining COUNTRY Financial, Hildestad worked in Information Technology at Allstate Insurance Company for 30 years. He most recently served as the director of Infrastructure Services, Client, Middleware and Security platforms.

Hildestad earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich., and a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University, Chicago. He’s a graduate of the Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management’s Finance for Executives Program; Penn State’s Executive Program, The Enterprise Technology Strategist – Aligning IT and Business Strategies. He also holds a Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management from IT Infrastructure Library.