As he went through the interview process with Argo, he was intrigued by the challenges and opportunities he saw in the insurance business.
“I really got excited about some of the things that Brandon [Pinzon, vice president, data protection officer] and Susan [Comparato, SVP, U.S., general counsel] wanted to build around the privacy and data protection practice,” Morissette says.
In general, Morissette considers the data Argo collects to be “medium-risk,” but the challenge is in how it’s collected. On the underwriting side, Argo’s data is generated through brokers and producers. On the claims side, it’s often through contracted claims administrators.
“This range of relationships and the complexity of those relationships are challenges that have to be overcome,” Morissette explains. “But they’re also intriguing, like a puzzle to be solved.”
To see all the pieces of the puzzle, Morissette connects with Argo business leaders, professionals across the industry and groups like the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA).
These relationships provide insights that help Morissette see beyond the goal of keeping Argo compliant and start looking at how Argo’s use of data can improve business functions.
“You have to have certain things to be compliant, but a truly effective privacy program exists to enable the business to operate and innovate, take on new challenges, and manage risk.” – Marcus Morissette
Finding comfort in the “safe zone”
“I like a challenging environment because I feel like I’m continuing to grow and learn,” says Morissette. “But then there’s that concept of staying in my safe zone.”
“One of the things I love about privacy advice is that I’m confident in my ability to provide expert advice from experience. It feels good to use that skill and passion in a setting that’s helpful to a business.”
He has been accustomed to remote working since his stint at eBay, and there is no shortage of responsibilities at home. Morissette lives on two-and-a-half acres outside of Seattle with three kids, five cats, two dogs, eight chickens, a turtle and a gecko.
“Between yard work, maintenance, childcare, chauffeuring and cooking, my primary hobby is just keeping the place afloat,” he says. “I’m just trying to keep the family happy, be as good a dad as I can and make good memories when I can.”
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