Barbara G. Koster was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Prudential Financial and head of the Global Business and Technology Solutions Department until her retirement in December 2018. She was also Chairman of the Board of Pramerica Systems Ireland, founding member of Prudential Systems Japan, and oversees the company’s Veteran’s Initiatives Office.
Barbara joined Prudential in 1995 as the CIO of Individual Life Insurance and previously held several positions with Chase Manhattan Bank, including President of Chase Access Services, a wholly owned subsidiary providing technology services. In 2017, Barbara received the Tip O‘Neill Irish Diaspora Award and she was named to STEMConnector’s list of 100 Corporate Diverse Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. She was inducted into Junior Achievement’s New Jersey Business Hall of Fame. NJ Biz newspaper named her one of the Best 50 Women in Business.
She is a member of Executive Women of NJ and the Research Board. A third-generation Irish American with roots in Cork and Tipperary, Barbara holds both an A.S. and B.S. from St. Francis College, from which she also has an honorary doctorate. She and her husband, Robert, have two daughters, Kathryn and Diana, and three grandsons, Zachary, Connor, and Aidan.