(Bloomberg) — Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Chris Swift said the insurance industry is innovating more than people realize, as he looks to draw young and diverse talent to his company.
“Our industry often gets knocked for being stale,” Swift said Thursday at a conference in New York hosted by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation. “To borrow words from the great philosopher, Justin Timberlake, we’re trying to bring sexy back to insurance.”
Swift said his company has been earning patents for technology geared toward cyber security, climate change and the sharing economy. The Hartford, Connecticut-based insurer’s offices have open-model floor plans that millennials love, he said.
About half the industry’s workforce in the U.S. will near retirement age in the next decade. That, paired with normal growth and turnover, stands to create about 500,000 job openings by 2022, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show.