SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brian Pendergast, CIO for CNA National Warranty Corp., has been invited to serve as a panelist at the prestigious CIO Perspectives event in San Francisco on May 16.

“CNA National is heavily investing in our technology architecture and CIO Perspectives is the perfect opportunity to benchmark what we have accomplished,” says Pendergast.

CIOs from Fortune 1000 companies create the agenda and topics that will be discussed in each city. Pendergast will be a participant on the “Balancing Risk with Innovation in Mobility, Social Media and Consumer Technologies” panel, which also features executives from Chevron and Electronic Arts. The discussion will be moderated by Maryfran Jonson, editor-in-chief of CIO magazine.

“Being able to interact with my peers about best practices, lessons learned, successful strategies and architectures allows CNA National to increase our resources for future developments,” said Pendergast. “We value our position as industry leader in providing vehicle service contracts and our technological investments in data analytics, rating automation and infrastructure will ensure we maintain separation from our competitors.”

Last month, CNA National was simultaneously named top vehicle service contract provider and top reinsurer by Auto Dealer Monthly’s Dealer’s Choice Awards.  CNA National’s technology investments in recent years include creating the CIO position, ongoing hiring within the IT department, as well as new “e-business” portal websites for agents and dealerships. CNA National’s attendance at CIO Perspectives is part of its current campaign to increase visibility in the automotive and business industry sectors.