NU Online News Service, Jan. 9, 2004, 5:11 p.m. EST – Prudential Financial Inc., Newark, N.J., has promoted Barbara Koster to chief information officer.[@@]

Koster succeeds William Friel, who is retiring.

Koster, who began working for Prudential in 1995, previously was the chief information officer at the Prudential Individual Life Insurance unit. She is a member of the board of the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development, Pearl River, N.Y., an insurance technology standards group.