Up until a year ago, John led OneBeacon Technology Insurance, an OneBeacon Insurance Group specialty business focused on the technology industry. In this capacity he is responsible for all insurance operations worldwide for technology, life science and medical technology, content providers and media businesses. Products include property-casualty as well as cyber coverages (information risk) tailored for the unique risks faced by these industries building that business from a small viable base to $200 million in annual sales. Now he has a new role and has been tasked with building an on line, on-demand platform for the distribution of OneBeacon’s existing products while creating new products for the market.
Prior to joining OneBeacon, Wurzler’s career has been focused on the technology sector since the mid-90s, when he recognized the paradigm shift affecting traditional brick and mortar processes precipitated by the rapid advances in technology and the internet. He embarked on extensive research and within two years, began a company that developed products insuring companies’ e-commerce and e-business models. In a short period of time, Wurzler and his company grew to be one of the leaders in a competitive global marketplace. Wurzler joined CNA in 2005, as a Vice President of the technology segment and the cyber team. He joined OneBeacon in 2010.
It was in 1996, when Mr. Wurzler began to realize a paradigm shift was about to take the business world apart at the seams. The traditional brick and mortar methods and processes were on the cusp of adapting to a shift in point of sale, shipping and receiving as well as hours of operation. All precipitated by the rapid advances in technology and the Internet. He embarked on extensive research and within two years began a company that would develop insurance products to fill the needs of the new business models. That specialized in insuring companies developing their e-commerce and e-business models. These new business models all indicated that data and information were about to become the biggest exposures for all businesses.
It all starter because in 1995 a Doctor friend of his asked him about ways to solve medical issues in forums, an idea was formed that sparked the creation of Medical-Net, a company that would facilitate peer to peer confidential discussions between doctors nationwide that would help improve diagnosis and improve medical outcomes. This was successfully done using early Internet technology and later sold.
Throughout his career, Wurzler has been published in The Industry Standard, CIO, Investor’s Business Daily, E-Commerce Business, Wall Street Journal and other journals. He authored Information Risks and Risk Management, 2013 and has coauthored several publications: Managing the Risks of Intangible Assets; 2009 and the ANSI Primer on Cyber Event Management in 2008. He is also a frequent speaker and panelist at technology and insurance conferences. He is known to be a visionary with crazy ideas that come to fruition.