Transforming Retirement Operations Through Technology

February 24, 2021  |  12PM ET

Many retirement solutions on the market today were not designed for customer expectations of the digital age. Recent technological advancements make it possible to transform retirement operations in powerful ways. However, transformation is far from easy - particularly in complex and highly-regulated sectors.

Join business leaders and industry experts from MassMutual, Cognizant, and Unqork for a thought-provoking panel discussion about how operational transformation through technology is changing the retirement marketplace. Learn how transformation is key to improving business performance, and explore an end-to-end retirement onboarding platform that can enable more digital and personalized interactions for your organization's customers.

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Eric Wietsma

Head of Workplace Operations, MassMutual

Eric H. Wietsma, FSA, MAAA, is a Senior Vice President of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Mr. Wietsma joined MassMutual 2005 and has over 25 years of Financial Services experience. Since joining MassMutual he has led several major functions including Investment Services, Product Management, Distribution and Client Management.  

Eric’s most recent role is leading Workplace Operations. Eric and his team are responsible for servicing more than 20,000 retirement plans, providing regulatory advisory services and processing participant transactions. Additionally, the team drives the ongoing learning and development of all employees supporting the Workplace Solutions channel. Eric is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, member of the American Academy of Actuaries and holds the Series 3, 7 and 24 FINRA designations. He is a graduate of Calvin College (BS) and Purdue University (MS).

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Sue Rickard

Chief Architect, Cognizant

Sue has over 33 years of technology experience in the financial services and insurance industries; Sue is the current Chief Architect at Cognizant and is responsible for driving enterprise and solution architecture, technology selection, and implementation patterns across the enterprise. She focuses on aligning technology architecture with business strategy and goals. 


Marc Wiznia

Lead Industry Consultant, Cognizant

Marc Wiznia is the lead industry consultant for Cognizant’s retirement practice.  In an ongoing career devoted to financial services business management, he has held key business development roles at CIT Group, Prudential, JPMorgan Chase, and most recently Voya Financial, where he was head of business development, strategy, and innovation.

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Farooq Sheikh

Insurance GTM Lead, Unqork

Farooq Sheikh is the Insurance Go-To-Market Lead for Unqork and serves leading insurers and financial services organizations to achieve customer experience transformation, to design and implement cutting-edge technology solutions, to create greenfield businesses, and to reimagine business processes.

Before Unqork, Farooq was a Partner at Oliver Wyman where he consulted to leading insurers, banks, and asset managers on strategy, digital, tech and ops, M&A, and greenfield topics. Farooq led GTM for the Oliver Wyman Fulcrum platform and Oliver Wyman’s presence at InsurTech Connect, the largest InsurTech conference globally. Farooq is a qualified Actuary and started his career at Manulife, Aon, and Canada Life.

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Moderator: Christian Barrera

VP of Alliances and Ecosystem, Unqork

Christian leads all partnership activities across Unqork ranging from strategy to go-to-market operations including cloud providers, global and boutique system integrators, marketplace and application partnerships. Prior to Unqork, Christian led Pre-Sales and Solutioning at Opera Solutions – an artificial intelligence and machine learning platform company. At IBM, Christian held a variety of strategy, sales and ecosystem leadership positions and helped launch the IBM Watson and IBM Blockchain Business Units. Earlier in his career, Christian worked at both Accenture and Scient.