New vice presidents

Grinnell Mutual names two new vice presidents

The Grinnell Mutual board of directors announced Wednesday, May 16, that effectively immediately, it has added two positions to its senior leadership team: Vice President of Strategic Experience and Vice President of Product Transformation and Delivery.

“The Grinnell Mutual team is committed to, and embraces, change and growth,” said Jeff Menary, Grinnell Mutual president and CEO. “The comfort zone is not our friend. Our industry is on the cusp of major changes, and they will be devastating to some. But they’ll create opportunities for carriers that are prepared to take advantage of them. We aim to be one of the latter.”

Andrea Brunk Headshot

Andrea Brunk will serve as vice president of Strategic Experience. The division will encompass Grinnell Mutual’s Project Management Office (PMO), Marketing and Customer Experience (MCX), and Strategic Initiatives departments. Brunk will oversee the alignment of these functions to create superior customer interactions, more thorough impact analysis on current project work, and the facilitation and implementation of corporate strategic initiatives.

Brunk was assistant vice president of the PMO. She joined Grinnell Mutual in February 2016 after building a portfolio management career in health insurance.

Brunk graduated from Iowa State University and maintains designations as a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Agile Leader (CAL) and is active in her community, serving several terms on the board of directors for the Project Management Institute Central Iowa Chapter. She has also served as a PTO president and is a Cub Scouts den leader.

Lauren Augustin headshot

Lauren Augustin was named vice president of Product Transformation and Delivery. She has held various positions within the Underwriting, Sales, and Service division, and was most recently the assistant vice president for Personal Lines and Farm Underwriting and joined Grinnell Mutual in 2008. She will lead Grinnell Mutual’s multi-year enterprise project to transition all of its business platforms to the Guidewire system, and oversee the development of new products and the company’s positioning in the market.

Augustin is a graduate of Truman State University and has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa. She has earned several insurance designations, including the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Commercial Insurance (AU), and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe).

Augustin volunteers with Imagine Grinnell, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, and the Grinnell Mutual Foundation boards of directors. She also serves on the Iowa Automobile Insurance Plan Service Office Governing Committee.

The new positions are part of Grinnell Mutual’s strategy to streamline the company’s organizational structure, bringing teams and functions into closer alignment. The changes will also better prepare Grinnell Mutual to evolve and grow within a rapidly evolving industry.

“On behalf of the board of directors I congratulate Andrea and Lauren on their new leadership roles,” said Paul Stueven, board president. “The strengths and focus Lauren and Andrea bring will ensure that Grinnell Mutual will continue to be a leader in the industry.”