Nashville insurer names Fourman to CIO post

Kent Fourman has assumed the post of vice president and chief information officer at Permanent General Assurance Corporation, the Nashville-based provider of non-standard auto insurance for higher-risk drivers.

Fourman, 55, now leads a staff of 50 tech professionals among Permanent General's 300-person headquarters complement on Elm Hill Pike. He was previously Nashville general manager for Knoxville-based Cadre5 LLC, a software-development and web services provider. Earlier posts included CIO for Gaylord Entertainment and vice president for information technology with Housecall Medical Resources.

Fourman earned his bachelor's degree from Miami University of Ohio and his MBA at Youngstown (Ohio) State University.

Capital Z Financial Services Partners, based in New York City, bought a majority interest in PGAC from Ingram Industries Inc. in 2004, at which point PGAC annual revenue was reported as nearly $200 million. Fourman says the company sells insurance in 13 states, and is licensed to do business in more than 30 states.