Kimberly Longerbone Joins Empyrean as Vice President of Information Technology

Kimberly Longerbone Joins Empyrean as Vice President of Information Technology

Houston, TX. [Oct. 27, 2022] Empyrean, (, a leading benefits administration technology platform and service provider, has announced that industry veteran Kimberly Longerbone has joined the organization as Vice President of Information Technology.

As a leader in the technology field, Longerbone will use her wide-ranging IT background, extensive healthcare experience, and IT service management knowledge to drive the strategic development and execution of Empyrean’s technology. With a proven track record of building and leading world-class, service-oriented IT organizations and operations, she will contribute to Empyrean’s growth by mobilizing automation and innovation through proven service delivery models.

“Kimberly brings an invaluable mix of operational leadership experience and a dynamic technology background that spans all areas of IT,” said Empyrean’s Chief Information and Technology Officer, Kelly Clark. “She will be critical to the development and execution of Empyrean’s vision and priorities.”

Prior to joining the Empyrean team, Kimberly served as the Assistant Vice President of Infrastructure, Security & Data Services at Health e(fx) and worked at Hennepin Healthcare Systems where she led Enterprise Technology and Applications, as well as IT Customer Care. She has also held similar leadership roles at UnitedHealth Group/Optum, IBM, and Xcel Energy.

This month, Empyrean launched its new online Benefits Maturity Assessment designed to help HR and Benefits leaders understand the full impact of their benefits function. Derived from data collected in an Empyrean-sponsored research study conducted by HR analyst firm NelsonHall, the assessment measures the sophistication of a benefit function against five key indicators identified in our research. 

“Empyrean is a fast-paced, rapidly growing technology company that is a market leader in the benefits space,” said Longerbone. “The potential for growth and value creation is tremendous, given the dedicated and passionate people that make up the Empyrean family. Technology is an integral component of service delivery, and I am incredibly excited to be a part of the team.”

Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degree from Minnesota State University. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, as well as numerous certificates in ITIL Service Management and Asset Management. Kimberly was a recipient of CIO Magazine’s “Ones to Watch Award” in 2018 and resides in Minneapolis, MN.

About Empyrean

Since 2006, Empyrean has provided employers of varying size, industry, and benefit plan complexity with the innovative technology and best in class service necessary to accelerate their benefit strategies and bring their benefit programs to life.

Empyrean’s platform and services were designed to create connected employee benefit experiences that enrich lives, strengthen employer brands, and improve workplace cultures. Focused on total employee health and wellness, Empyrean is dedicated to delivering scalable and tailored experiences that empower participants to better understand, access, and engage with their benefit programs not just at enrollment time, but on a year-round basis.

Today, more than 4.6 million participants across the U.S. rely on Empyrean’s cutting-edge platform and top-notch support teams to inform and guide their benefit enrollment and utilization decisions.

Headquartered in Houston, TX, Empyrean has additional office locations in Minneapolis, MN and Nashville, TN, as well as remote teams located throughout the U.S.

Empyrean is a subsidiary of Securian Financial (

Brienne Driscoll
Head of Content & Communications

New Research from Empyrean & NelsonHall: The Evolving Role of Today’s Strategic Benefits Leader

New Research from Empyrean & NelsonHall: The Evolving Role of Today’s Strategic Benefits Leader

Organizations are facing unprecedented challenges impacting their workplaces, from managing through the COVID-19 pandemic, to attracting and retaining talent during the Great Resignation and labor shortages, to ensuring employee engagement as reports of “quiet quitting” trends continue to climb.

These challenges have driven a concentrated shift away from viewing the benefits administration function as a tactical necessity disconnected from organizational goals and better recognizing benefit teams as strategic contributors greatly influencing company culture, employee experience, and positive organizational outcomes. 

Empyrean and HR analyst firm NelsonHall partnered to conduct a proprietary research study of more than 100 HR and benefits leaders to better understand this shift. The results of this research identify ways today’s benefits leaders can improve their own individual effectiveness as well as the impact of their entire benefits function.

The findings shared in our comprehensive report outline:

  • Attitude and expectation alignment between HR and benefit leaders
  • Critical HR-related issues identified for the coming 1-2 years
  • Connections between organizational outcomes and the execution of benefits strategies that drive improved employee experiences
  • Key tools and skills required by benefit leaders to execute their go-forward benefit strategy

Download the full report here.

Benefits Maturity Model & Assessment

NelsonHall used the results of the study to develop a Benefits Maturity Model used to measure the sophistication and impact of a benefit function against key indicators identified through our research.

Take our online Benefits Maturity Assessment to see your score on our custom Benefits Maturity Radar and to receive a personalized report highlighting your areas of both strength and opportunity as it relates to your organization’s benefits function.

Online Benefits Maturity Assessment

Online Benefits Maturity Assessment

Get the personalized insights you need to become a more strategic benefits leader with our online, interactive Benefits Maturity Assessment.