Kendall Kirby, senior vice president of information technology at USAble Life, has been beating the odds his entire life. Diagnosed with bone cancer as a teenager, Kirby was told he might not reach his 16th birthday. Now he’s celebrating nearly 28 years in the life- and health-insurance industries and has more than 33 years of IT experience, including technical expertise as a software and web developer, network engineer and systems analyst.
Kirby first joined USAble Life in 1993 and in 1997 began a 10-year tenure with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, where he served as an actuarial decision support analyst supervisor. Since rejoining USAble Life, he has been instrumental in providing the strategic direction for technologies that have transformed the company’s IT infrastructure into a leading program for creating operational efficiencies and great customer solutions. Kirby also has been influential in the development of patent-pending technology that supports product advancements. All of these improvements are a critical component of USAble Life’s growth.
He is responsible for directing and managing all aspects of USAble Life’s technical infrastructure, including driving the strategic direction of the company’s IT portfolio and serving as chief security officer.