CIECA Announces New Executive Director

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) recently announced that it named Paul Barry as the organization’s executive director. According to the association, this became effective June 1, 2020.

Paul Barry

In his new role, Barry will work with CIECA’s board of trustees to develop a clear mission and objectives for the organization as well as an effective strategy to accomplish those objectives, according to the association’s press release.

“With the rapid changes to vehicles driven by technology, including autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), the landscape is evolving very quickly,” said Barry. “My goal as executive director is to help the board identify challenges faced by the industry and work with all segments of CIECA’s member companies to develop a strategic roadmap to take us to the next chapter.”

Barry has more than 30 years in the insurance and technology industries. Over the last 20 years, he has held executive/senior leadership positions with a focus on claims and auto repair technology.

“We are excited to welcome Paul Barry to the CIECA team,” said Kim DeVallance Caron, CIECA chairwoman and director of Global Product Development, Enterprise Holdings.

From 2011-2013, he served on the executive committee as secretary, treasurer and vice-chairman for the association. He grew up in upstate New York and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned a degree in Economics.

He began his career with Safeco Insurance Company as an auto claims adjuster. After holding positions in insurance, he was asked to lead an effort to design and build an industry-leading claims system for Safeco. Eventually Barry became vice president of national operations for the company.

After more than 20 years, Barry left Safeco and joined PerformanceGateway to help design and build a software product for managing Direct Repair Programs (DRPs) and collision repair analytics. From there, he became an independent consultant where he led a variety of insurance and collision-related technology projects.

In 2015, Barry joined PEMCO Insurance to lead an initiative to transform the company’s claims and analytics systems. He went on to lead the claims organization as the vice president of claims.

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