Wheels Names John Higginson Chief Technology Officer

Hig­gin­son spent the last sev­en years at FTD Com­pa­nies, Inc., and served as the organization’s CTO from 2010–2013.   A lead­ing provider of flo­ral-relat­ed prod­ucts, ser­vices and tech­nolo­gies, FTD han­dles mil­lions of orders and cus­tomer inter­ac­tions each year on one of the largest retail web­sites in North Amer­i­ca.  Under Higginson’s lead­er­ship, FTD designed the first SaaS solu­tions for florists to run their busi­ness­es, and also devel­oped inno­v­a­tive social media inte­gra­tion plat­forms and mobile device capa­bil­i­ties.

Pri­or to FTD, Hig­gin­son spent 14 years at Applied Sys­tems, Inc., where he ulti­mate­ly rose to the role of Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of Tech­nol­o­gy.   Dur­ing his time at Applied Sys­tems, he helped build the com­pa­ny from an ear­ly 1990s start­up into the largest inde­pen­dent soft­ware busi­ness in the prop­er­ty and casu­al­ty insur­ance indus­try.   Hig­gin­son over­saw a num­ber of major tech­nol­o­gy releas­es at Applied Sys­tems, includ­ing a pio­neer­ing enter­prise-scale soft­ware pack­age for agents and bro­kers, as well as the industry’s first real-time rat­ing and pol­i­cy sub­mis­sion solu­tion.

“John has an impres­sive lev­el of expe­ri­ence and exper­tise in design­ing user-cen­tric sys­tems that fea­ture an opti­mal blend of per­for­mance, sus­tain­abil­i­ty and intu­itive­ness,” said Dan Frank, Pres­i­dent of Wheels Ser­vices. “We are excit­ed to see the ways his dynam­ic cre­ativ­i­ty and ver­sa­til­i­ty will help us con­tin­ue to deliv­er inno­v­a­tive IT solu­tions for our clients, employ­ees and ven­dors.”

Hig­gin­son holds a Bach­e­lor of Arts degree from North­ern Illi­nois Uni­ver­si­ty and a Mas­ter of Sci­ence degree in IT and Pri­va­cy Law, with hon­ors, from The John Mar­shall Law School in Chica­go.  He is active in a num­ber of infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy forums, and has appeared as a guest speak­er at the ACORD|LOMA con­fer­ence and var­i­ous CIO sum­mits.  He is also an avid writer, hav­ing con­tributed arti­cles to busi­ness and tech­nol­o­gy pub­li­ca­tions like Inde­pen­dent Agent and Nation­al Under­writer.




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