Generally speaking, the journey from CIO to CEO is rare. Making the CIO-to-CEO jump without changing employers is even rarer. But James Blackledge is about to complete that journey at Mutual of Omaha. Here's when.

Blackledge isn't your typical technology-to-business leader transition story. He joined Mutual of Omaha in 1989 as a senior actuarial assistant. He climbed the internal ranks and by the early 2000s was senior VP and product line officer in the company's Financial Services business unit. By 2009, his focus shifted the IT side of the business -- earning the executive VP and CIO title. His role expanded to include chief risk officer in 2012.

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