Barbara G. Koster is the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations & Systems at Prudential Financial, where she is also the head of the Business & Technology Solutions Department. She also serves as chairman of the board of Pramerica Systems Ireland, Ltd. and founding member of Prudential Systems Japan, Ltd., both technology subsidiaries of Prudential Financial, Inc. Koster also is a member of The Prudential Foundation board of directors.
In 2014, Koster was named one of STEMConnector’s 100 Corporate Diverse Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In 2013, she was inducted into Junior Achievement’s New Jersey Business Hall of Fame. In 2011, NJ Biz newspaper named Koster one of the "Best 50 Women in Business." She was named CIO of the Year in 2008 by the Executive Council and listed among the top Executive Women of New Jersey. She also has been named among the Premier IT Leaders by Computerworld magazine; the Top 20 Financial Management Technologists by the CIO Forum; and the Elite Eight by Insurance & Technology magazine. Under Koster’s leadership, Prudential has been named one of Computerworld magazine’s Best Places to Work in IT for several consecutive years.
Koster has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, an associate’s degree in Computer technology and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from St. Francis College.