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The Insurance Trailblazers, IoT Partners and Executive Leaders Who Addressed the Conference in 2017

Kim LaRiccia
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Kim LaRiccia

IT Director of Data Management and Analytics, Progressive Insurance

Kim LaRiccia is currently the IT Director of Data Management & Analytics at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland, Ohio. Kim is a veteran senior leader in insurance and has been with Progressive for three decades in various roles on both the Information Technology and Business sides of the house. In addition to the Data Management & Analytics platform, Kim has most recently lead the Product Technologies platform that includes Auto, Special Lines and Snapshot.

Matt Poll
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Matt Poll

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Neos

Matt is a highly experienced insurance business leader, having spent 16 years in senior commercial roles with industry giants AXA and RSA. Most recently, Matt served as MD and Commercial Director for one of the largest retail insurance brands in the UK (MORE TH>N). In 2016, Matt founded Neos - the UK's first smart home insurance brand. Neos combines smart home technology with 24/7 assistance and insurance to enable homeowners to monitor their home, detect problems and get help to fix them - all from their smart phone. Neos was recently named the 11th most disruptive startup in Tallt Ventures Disrupt 100.

Amber Buehrle
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Amber Buehrle

Strategic Innovation Director, USAA

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Mariel Devesa
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Mariel Devesa

Head of Innovation, Farmers Insurance

Mariel Devesa is the Head of Corporate Development at Farmers Insurance, a Fortune 500 company and one of the nation’s leading property and casualty insurers. She is responsible for the development of relationships and programs addressing changes in the new economy to acquire and retain customers and improve existing capabilities. Devesa has directly developed and lead programs generating in excess of $300M in annual revenue. Farmers was the 1st insurer to incorporate phone distraction in a telematics offering in 2017. In 2015, Farmers was the 1st mainstream carrier to launch coverage’s for rideshare drivers; which is now live in 29 states.

Before joining Farmers, Devesa spent over 10 years at Deloitte & Touche, Red Bull (in the U.S. and Austria) and Herbalife. Her work focused on streamlining efficiencies and emphasizing the global transfer of best practices. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a retired professional windsurfer with seven U.S. National Titles.

Duane Perkins
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Duane Perkins

Global Head of Claims Excellence, Zurich

Duane Perkins has over 27 years of experience in the insurance industry and he started with Zurich in 1995. He has served in a succession of roles for Zurich here in the US and across the globe . In his current role as the Global Head of Claims Excellence for Zurich Insurance, he has responsibility for developing and managing claims operating models, claim analytics and reporting, claims functions such as Counter Fraud, Recovery, Vendor Management, Quality Assurance and more. Prior to his current role, Duane served as the Chief Claims Officer for Zurich in Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong, the Chief Claims Officer for the Middle East and Africa based in Dubai and the Head of the Zurich Way of Claims based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Rahim Rajpar
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Rahim Rajpar

Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, John Hancock

Rahim Rajpar is Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, for John Hancock Financial Services. Rahim is responsible for developing, analyzing, and recommending profitable growth strategies and opportunities for the US Insurance business with a strong focus on market expansion. Prior to this role, Rahim oversaw a retirement education team that provides individual retirement solutions for 401(k) participants. Rahim was instrumental in getting the group off the ground and managed all aspects of the business which brings in over $1 Billion in assets a year.

Rahim has 17 years of experience in financial services and has been with Manulife Financial, John Hancock’s parent company, since 2001. His past roles with Manulife include both product and brand management in both the US and Canadian Markets, senior channel (advisor, consumer), and investment marketing roles. As the Brand Manager for Manulife Investments, Rahim was also Editor of Solutions Magazine – a consumer investment magazine dedicated to enrich the financial lives of Canadians.

In 2008, Rahim was recognized with the prestigious Manulife Star of Excellence – awarded for outstanding achievement and contribution to the company. In addition, Rahim and the various marketing teams he has led have received a number of awards for outstanding marketing programs from organizations like IFCA (Insurance and Financial Communicators Association), LACP (League of American Communications Professionals), and the CMIA (Canadian Marketing Investment Awards).

Prior to Manulife Financial, Rahim worked for Morningstar Canada and CI Investments – a leading Canadian provider of investment related products.

Rahim holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from the University of Western Ontario and has participated in a number of leadership and marketing continuing education programs, including The Partnership’s Next Generation Executive program. A Native Torontonian, Rahim now lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife Jennifer and two daughters, Ana Lucia and Leila Sofia. In his spare time, he enjoys music, food, and traveling the world experiencing new cultures.

Russ MacTough
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Russ MacTough

Managing Director, Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures

Russ MacTough is Managing Director of Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Liberty Mutual Insurance. Prior to joining Liberty Mutual he was a Vice President with Morgan Partners, a fintech-focused middle market investment bank, where he led M&A transactions primarily in the insurance technology sector. Before that Russ worked at Silicon Valley Bank in the San Francisco Bay Area. At SVB he helped build the Bank’s advisory services group, SVB Analytics, as one of its earliest employees and technology sector lead. Russ also launched SVB Analytics’ corporate VC practice and served as an advisor to corporate VCs looking to invest in the start-up ecosystem. Early in his career Russ worked at FactSet Research System as a self-taught programmer and database designer where he helped build a hosted platform for quantitative money managers. Russ is a graduate of Boston College, holds an MBA from Babson College, and is a CFA charter holder.

Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures is the direct venture capital arm of Liberty Mutual’s Global Consumer Markets business. LMSV manages a $150M fund focused on Seed to Series B investments of between $1M and $5M. LMSV is focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the Connected Home, Next-gen Vehicle, Sharing Economy, and Insurance Innovation ecosystems.

Drew Aldrich
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Drew Aldrich

Principal, American Family Ventures

Drew is the NY based Principal at American Family Ventures, a $200m Venture Capital firm backed by American Family Insurance.

He was previously with AXA US in Strategy and M&A and assisted in the development of and then joined AXA Strategic Ventures. Drew also co-founded and led CalendarFly.com, an education technology company and has been an active member of the NYC startup community since 2008.

He also has a deep finance background, getting his start in FX and analysis of esoteric structured finance products. He has led publicly traded restructurings, capital raising, and partnership negotiations on three continents including in North America (US and Canada), Asia (China and Hong Kong) and Europe (France).

Sharena Ali
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Sharena Ali

SVP - Partnership Distribution, Analytics and Experience, Homesite Insurance

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Peggy Klingel

Peggy Klingel

Senior Manager, Claims Innovation Strategic Partnerships, Allstate Insurance

Ms. Klingel is a transformational sales and business development leader with a record of building market value. Peggy has over twenty years of successful leadership experience in sales, finance and operations. Whether challenged to launch a startup venture, facilitate an aggressive turnaround or accelerate expansion within a high-growth business unit, Peggy has delivered strong financial results.

Peggy is currently with the Allstate Insurance Claims Innovation team where she is developing strategic partnerships and startup engagement strategy. Prior to Allstate Peggy led sales and business development initiatives for technology and services startup and turnaround companies in a variety of industries.

Peggy is a C.P.A., holds an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University as well as a Bachelor’s of Accountancy from Marquette University. Peggy also holds Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) insurance designations.

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Kit Kiefer
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Kit Kiefer

Communications Manager, IT,, Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection

Kit Kiefer is a veteran insurance marketer and communications professional who is currently directs social media, research, and marketing product development at Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. As a consultant, Kit has worked with the National Football League, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, and Goldman Sachs.

He has set up competitive-intelligence programs for three unique market verticals, and pioneered the use of predictive modeling in dental insurance at Delta Dental of Wisconsin. As a writer, Kit has written a dozen books, served as a travel writer for The New York Times – and edited the world’s largest Pokémon magazine! Kit has a master’s in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Shannon Lewandowski
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Shannon Lewandowski

Head of IoT, American Modern Insurance Group

Shannon has been with American Modern Insurance group for 14 years starting out as a field adjuster in Michigan. During that time she has held several positions in the claims department from liability adjuster, examiner and trainer. She recently transitioned to the newly formed Innovation and Digital team and heads up IoT.

Marik Brockman
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Marik Brockman

Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, CSAA

Marik Brockman is Vice President of strategy and innovation at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer, joining the company in 2013. In 2016, Marik served as interim Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer to launch an innovation acceleration group and oversee corporate development and strategic investments. Marik also serves in leadership roles for the company’s project portfolio and enterprise risk management.

Prior to joining CSAA Insurance Group, Marik was an advisory partner in the financial services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and an insurance partner with Diamond Management & Technology Consultants. For 13 years, Marik developed strategies for customer experience, international growth, and omni-channel-distribution at leading P&C and Life insurance firms, including AIG, Allstate, MetLife, New York Life, Guardian, Standard, ACE (now Chubb), and Liberty Mutual.

Marik’s industry perspectives have been published by A.M. Best, Insurance Journal, Digital Insurance, Information Week, MSN Money, Insurance & Technology, TheStreet.com and many others. He speaks on macro trends and disruption at key conferences such as Silicon Valley’s 2016 “Insurance Disrupted” Conference. Marik holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School and a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.

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CSAA Insurance Group is one of the top personal lines property and casualty insurance groups in the U.S., offering automobile, homeowners, and other personal lines of insurance. Founded in 1914, the company has had an “A” or better rating for 90 years from A.M. Best, the insurance industry's most respected ratings agency. As a coast-to-coast organization reaching nearly 20 million AAA member households, the company earned $3.5 billion in premiums in 2016.

Lisa Cramer
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Lisa Cramer

Vice President, Business Development, National General

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Douglas Turk
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Douglas Turk

Chief Marketing Officer, JLT Group

Douglas Turk has global responsibility for marketing, public relations, and internal communications for JLT Group. Doug is also a member of the US Specialty business leadership group with a focus on developing and growing the US platform and client relationships. Prior to his current role, Douglas Turk lead Aon Risk Solutions Western Region. He was also the CEO of Aon/Albert G. Ruben (Aon/AGR), the film and television entertainment brokerage division of Aon. Prior to his regional roles, Turk was the co‐leader of Aon Risk Solutions sales and marketing globally responsible for field sales and marketing activities, focusing on organic revenue growth for new and cross‐sell business.

Doug is a recognized expert in sales and marketing strategy, customer relationship management, process and technology solutions. Turk serves on the United Way Board of Southern California and has served as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and an instructor at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University.

He has a published book and periodical author on the subject of Strategic Business Alignment and Customer Strategies with CRM Unplugged – Releasing CRM’s Strategic Value – John Wiley & Sons. Turk received his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. His undergraduate studies were at John Carroll University, where he received a BSBA in management.

Kyle Van Hoeven
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Kyle Van Hoeven

Enterprise Risk Management Leader, Westfield Group

Kyle Van Hoeven’ s career encompasses 20 years of risk management and consulting experience and she currently serves as Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Leader for Westfield Group, overseeing the development, innovation, and governance of the ERM Framework, and providing both oversight and direction for management of risks across the organization. Prior to joining Westfield, she worked for a large consulting firm where she focused on risk, compliance, internal audit, and ERM implementation for energy, financial services, and government contractor organizations. She currently is a member of various committees with both the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and the Property Causality Insurers Association of America (PCI). She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) professional, and is a RIMS – CRMP (Certified Risk Management Professional). She graduated from The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

Enrico Mastrangeli
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Enrico Mastrangeli

Manager, Business Innovation, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group

With over 20 years in the insurance sector, he has developed diverse experience spanning all distribution verticals with roles in sales, product development, distribution management and corporate underwriting. In his current role, he leads business innovation and corporate underwriting across commercial, farm and personal lines of business at a mutual in Ontario, Canada.

Eduardo Arthur
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Eduardo Arthur

Senior Vice President, Growth Strategy & Innovation, Assurant

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Michael Lebor
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Michael Lebor

Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Strategic Innovation, AmTrust

Michael sits as the CMO of AmTrust Financial Services. AmTrust Financial Services is a Fortune 500 global insurance corporation offering Commercial Property and Casualty, Warranty, Specialty Risk and Program Insurance products for small- to medium-size businesses. He leads his team to maintain and develop company’s web presence and oversees all online assets, digital commerce, and traffic generation platforms. His current initiatives include building consumer-facing platforms that allow policyholders and new customers to interact with AmTrust in a seamless and efficient manner. Michael is working to bridge the start-up creativity and innovation, at the scale and efficiency of an international corporation. Early in his career, Michael acquired Flower.com and began creating what was then a revolutionary ecommerce platform.

Leonhard Forster

Leonhard Forster

Head of IoT, Munich Re

Leonhard Forster is heading IoT at Munich Re Munich since 2017. Previously, he developed the Munich Re IoT initiative out of Strategic Innovation and Business Development in close collaboration with HSB (Hartford Steam Boiler).

He joined Munich Re in 2008 and studied Economics and Business Administration in Munich. At Munich Re, Leonhard worked in various fields of insurance and reinsurance with different Munich Re entities in Germany, Brasil, Great Britain and Switzerland. His main focus areas were reinsurance underwriting for the European market, developing new products with Munich Re’s Corporate Insurance Partner division and the design and implementation of structured financial products with Munich Re’s Capital Partners.

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Kathleen Zarzycki

Kathleen Zarzycki

Chief Information Officer, Greater New York Insurance

Kathleen Zarzycki is Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the GNY Insurance Companies. She joined GNY in 1998 and has over 22 years of technology experience, all within the property casualty insurance industry. Ms. Zarzycki leads a team that handles all infrastructure, programming, core applications, quality assurance, communication and user-support for GNY’s five branches. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations from Rider University, and received the President’s Award at The Cittone Institute. In 2016, Ms. Zarzycki earned the industry's prestigious professional designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).

Pierluigi Fasano

Pierluigi Fasano

Head P&C Enterprise Architecture, Swiss Re

Pierluigi Fasano is currently working in Swiss Re with a double hat, one being Head of Enterprise Architecture for Reinsurance and the other Practice Leader for IoT Competence Cluster. He is a passionate technology leader with solid track in transitioning organizations towards higher level of performance and efficiency. Started his career when the IBM Personal Computer was 'coming soon' and the startups where just called 'small companies'. He has grown up across important international experiences in multicultural organizations and crossing several industries like Allianz Group, Novartis and The Global Fund. Currently he devotes most of his time to develop and realize the vision of a digital Insurance that help people supporting a connected lifestyle. In this context, he lives and breathes IoT, Artificial Intelligence, hyper-cloud, micro-services and whatever else can bring Insurance into the right century. When he is not working, reading a book or cooking there is a high chance to find him around a football field screaming loud to support his two boys playing on the pitch.

Ty Sagalow

Ty Sagalow

Founding Member, Lemonade

Mr. Sagalow is a founding member of Lemonade. Founded in 2015, Lemonade is the first licensed and regulated InsureTech insurance company in the United States. Lemonade offers homeowners and renters insurance powered by artificial intelligence and behavioral economics. Launched in September 2016 in New York, Lemonade Insurance Company is operating in both New York, California and Illinois (as of 5/10/17) with expected operations in multiple additional states in the coming weeks and months. On July 1, 2017, Ty retired from his position as Chief Insurance Officer of Lemonade but continues as a board member of the Lemonade Insurance Company, and regularly advises other companies in the Fintech/InsurTech space.

Ty is a 36 year senior insurance executive veteran. Most of Ty’s career was spent at AIG where over a 25 year period he held various positions including Chief Underwriting Officer and General Counsel of AIG Executive Liability (D&O, E&O), Chief Operating Officer of AIG eBusiness Risk Solutions (Cyber insurance) and President of AIG Product Development. Following AIG, Mr. Sagalow was Chief Innovation Officer of Zurich North American and Chief Innovation Officer of Tower Group. Immediately prior to Lemonade, Ty founded Innovation Insurance Group, LLC, a premier consulting firm to the insurance industry.

Mr. Sagalow is considered on the world’s experts in innovation in the insurance industry having been credited with creating various insurance products including Y2k Insurance, (Entity Cover) Directors and Officers Insurance, Cyber insurance, Reputation Insurance, Collectible Authenticity Insurance and Intellectual Property Collateral Insurance. He is also the host of the series Innovations in Insurance With Ty Sagalow and What’s New in Insurance, both produced by World Risk and Insurance News.

Mr. Sagalow is a frequent author and speaker. His works include @Risk: Internet and E-Commerce Insurance and Reinsurance Legal Issues and Directors & Officers Insurance Handbook.

Mr. Sagalow has appeared on CNBC, WPIX-TV, FOX, PBS and Bloomberg Radio, and he has spoken before various tech, legal and insurance forums on issues including the White House, Department of Homeland Security, and Congress. For the past two years, Mr. Sagalow has been a frequent speaker on InsureTech issues and insurance innovation.

Mr. Sagalow is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and holds a LLM (Master of Laws) from New York University Law School

Snejina Zacharia
Insurtech Innovator

Snejina Zacharia

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Insurify

Snejina Zacharia, MBA (MIT) Founder and CEO of Insurify, Inc - the virtual insurance agent which connects with million records to verify personal information and provide accurate car insurance quotes. Snejina has over 16 years of experience in entrepreneurship with consumer internet and enterprise software companies. Most recently Snejina was at Gartner where she established and grew three lines of business, each with millions of dollars of annual revenue across the USA and EMEA. Snejina holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Eric Narcisco
Insurtech Innovator

Eric Narcisco

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Effective Coverage

Eric is the founder of New York-based Effective Coverage, a digital insurance firm. In 2000, a devastating apartment fire set in motion the journey that led his firm to be a leader in the digital distribution of home and renters insurance. Now, with over 50,000 policies sold and customers in 45 states, Eric focuses on the strategic vision of his firm and on sharing the lessons he’s learned with business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Martha Notaras
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Martha Notaras

Partner, XL Innovate

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Robert Weireter

Robert Weireter

Senior Underwriter, Swiss Re

Bob is a Senior Underwriter for Treaty Casualty for Swiss Re America, based in Armonk, NY. He specializes in environmental, energy, and construction liability as well as general casualty. He has a strong interest in emerging risks, particularly as they impact the future of commercial casualty insurance. Prior to joining the insurance industry over 20 years ago, he spent 12 years in the environmental consulting business working on hazardous waste site investigation and clean up, regulatory compliance and property transfer due diligence. Bob has a B.S. in Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, an M.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, and an M.B.A. in Management/Finance from Pace University, White Plains, NY. His professional designations include CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter), RPLU (Registered Professional Lines Underwriter), ARe (Associate in Reinsurance), CRIS (Construction Risk Insurance Specialist) and ERIS (Energy Risk Insurance Specialist).

Vic Pascucci III
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Vic Pascucci III

Managing Partner, lightbank

Vic is Managing Partner of Lightbank. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and began his professional career in Chicago in 1995. Vic has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, fintech investing and financial services. He has been a part of over $600M in venture capital and M&A transactions. Vic has taken multiple companies public and through successful acquisitions. He currently services on the boards of Snapsheet and Sprout Social. Vic is also an advisor to the Chicago Blockchain Center, Currency and Fintech 71. He is an active supporter of financial services innovation efforts.

Prior to Lightbank, Vic built and managed USAA’s $330 million corporate venture capital program where he led investments in fintech (insurtech, banking, investment management), consumer internet, enterprise technologies and digital capabilities. He also had responsibility for the company’s M&A, joint ventures and intellectual property transactions. More recently, Vic was a Partner with Munich Re| HSB Ventures where he led their investment activities in insurtech including trov, super, slice and Next Insurance.

Investments Vic has led and boards he has served on include: Snapsheet, Narrative Science, TRUECar (NASDAQ: TRUE), Care.com (NYSE: CRCM), ID.me, Automatic Labs (acquired by Sirius XM), Prosper Marketplace, Personal Capital, Coinbase, MX, Roost, Cartera Commerce (acquired by EBates), Roostify, RepairPal, Saffron Technologies (acquired by Intel Corp), CafeX, MindMeld (acquired by Cisco), VAST, Super, Slice Labs and trov. Prior to financial services, Vic’s background includes Chicago start-ups and leadership position in law.

Vic has consulted to numerous financial services companies and venture capital firms on their fintech/insurtech investments as well as broader strategic initiatives. He has served as chairman of the National Venture Capital Association’s (NVCA) Education Committee for the Corporate Venture Group and served on the Board of Advisor’s for the NVCA. Vic has been featured in Andrew Roman’s best-selling book, The Masters of Corporate Venture Capital. He is also a TedX speaker and regular participant on insurtech and fintech discussion panels.

Chris Downer
Investor Perspective

Chris Downer

Associate, XL Innovate

Chris is an Associate at XL Innovate focusing on insurtech investments in North America, Europe and Asia. Before joining XL Innovate, Chris worked in alternative investments at Goldman Sachs, in New York City and London. Chris graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College. Outside of XL Innovate, Chris is a dedicated cyclist, avid New York Rangers fan and American history buff.

Chad Ammons

Chad Ammons

Vice President, Global Strategy & Development (Vehicle Protection Services Team), Assurant

Chad Ammons is vice president of global strategy and development for Assurant’s Vehicle Protection Service business. He is responsible for global marketing, the business’s Performance Institute training platform and PerformanceTrak sales management system, as well as the execution of customer relationship management programs. Ammons also is spearheading the business’s next-generation forays into telematics, mobile accessibility and digital transformation of the vehicle service contract industry.

Ammons has been a thought leader, speaker and author on issues within the technology convergence movement. He’s honed his perspective during his more than 15 years’ of leadership experience involving technology investments, product development, retail operations, sales intelligence, marketing and promotion.

Prior to joining Assurant, Ammons was vice president of marketing and sales development at Interstate National, providing channel alignment with a focus on brand strategy and statistical analysis systems. Ammons directed all aspects of the organization’s marketing and sales intelligence analysis ensuring sales plans were organized to achieve maximum return. In addition to his automotive experiences, Ammons led several retail business operations as general manager of a premiere European motorsports dealer, general sales manager of a well-known Harley Davidson franchise and business manager of a start-up motorsports dealership.

Ammons holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver – Daniels College of Business and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver. He also is a graduate of the Leading Product Innovation program at the Harvard Business School.

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Dion Hinchcliffe
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Dion Hinchcliffe

VP and Principal Analyst, The New C-Suite, Constellation Research

Dion is VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research. He is a leading tech industry influencer, researcher, advisor, analyst, bestselling author, and frequent keynote speaker around the globe. He works with IT and business leaders in the Fortune 500 and Global 2000 to harness the transformative power of disruptive technology. Dion is a pioneer in developing large-scale enterprise strategies for the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), digital workplace, consumer engagement, and digital transformation. He is currently regarded as the #3 influencer on IoT in the world. You can find Dion on Twitter at @dhinchcliffe.

Greg Ross
Industry Expert

Greg Ross

Connected Car Advisor

Greg Ross is currently an Advisor for a variety of Connected Car businesses, following a 31-year career with General Motors. He is best known for his work over the past 5 years to build an extensive, multi-million dollar global portfolio of strategic alliances for GM's Connected Car business -- including Wireless Carriers, Satellite Radio, Insurance Carriers, Streaming Music Providers, Fleet Management companies, Car Rental companies, Car Sharing services, App Developers, and many others. Greg was also instrumental in the growth and scaling of GM’s OnStar business, leading the effort to improve subscriber conversion rates by over 60%. Greg’s Connected Car career at General Motors was built on a solid Automotive foundation, with significant roles in Corporate Strategy, Product Development, Product Marketing, and Retail Network Development. Greg is considered an expert in Connected Car and Telematics, and activation of these technologies through new and innovative business models.

Shefi Ben-Hutta
Industry Expert

Shefi Ben-Hutta

Founder, Coverager

Shefi Ben-Hutta is the Cofounder of Coverager, the homepage of insurance, a daily publication and data platform that covers insurance innovation. Previously, she has managed NYC-based Bolt’s commercial lines comparative rater, where she consulted with top insurance carriers such as The Hartford, Travelers and Liberty Mutual on how to integrate their commercial lines product into a single consumer-facing workflow solution. In her most recent role with CNA, she was part of their small business automation team, managing the company's digital brokers segment. She holds a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Bar-Ilan University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business with a specialization in strategy and marketing.

Matteo Carbone
Industry Expert

Matteo Carbone

Founder and Director, Connected Insurance Observatory

Matteo is Founder and Director of the Connected Insurance Observatory and a Global Insurtech Thought Leader. He is internationally recognized as an insurance industry strategist with a specialisation on innovation. Matteo is author and world-renowned authority on Insurtech - ranked among top international Insurtech Influencers - and he has spoken to audiences worldwide. Matteo has advised many International Insurance Groups and has wide experience which includes set up of industrial and commercial plans, growth-strategy definition and support in the start-up of new initiatives, digital strategy development, insurance products development, channel strategy and commercial model definition, start-ups mentorship and advice on M&A deals. Before creating the Connected Insurance Observatory, he spent 11 years in Bain & Company’s Financial Service practice. Matteo received his degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Milan.

Valerie Shuman
Industry Expert

Valerie Shuman

Vice President, Industry Programs, Connected Vehicle Trade Association

Valerie Shuman is Principal of SCG, LLC, a DBE-certified ITS consultancy, where she partners with global industry leaders to develop new products, new markets and new ventures.  Ms. Shuman has been involved with the intelligent transportation industry for over 25 years, leading the establishment of new wireless and automotive communities and technologies, national and international standards, and cross-industry liaison efforts to enable safer, more efficient, and more convenient systems.  Ms. Shuman currently serves as Vice President, Industry Programs for the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), an international, non-profit trade association which advances the interests of organizations involved in vehicle communications.  Ms. Shuman is also a Subject Matter Expert supporting the FHWA connected vehicle standards program; and an invited Member of the TRB NCHRP IDEA Committee, which awards seed-funding for innovative transportation projects; the TRB Standing Committee on ITS;  and the SAE Delco ITS Awards Committee.  Ms. Shuman is the author of numerous papers and articles on ITS, a frequent public speaker, and a patented inventor. 

Erik Moti

Erik Moti

Senior Solutions Consultant, Appian

Erik Moti has been working for Appian as Senior Executive Advisor. In his role, he supports organizations on their road to digitization in a connected and collaborative world. Previously, he worked for Nationale Nederlanden (former ING Insurance) as CIO, for ING Bank as Program Director reporting directly to the executive board, for KPN as Release Manager and for Dun&Bradstreet as Business Development Consultant. Erik studied Econometrics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Psychology at the University of Leiden. Technology has always been his passion ever since he got a Sinclair ZX81 back in the 70s. He lives with his wife, son and daughter in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Steffen Zacharias

Steffen Zacharias

General Manager Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, North America, Bosch

Steffen Zacharias is General Manager of Bosch Connected Devices and Solution in North America, a Bosch Group company providing innovative Connected Devices and tailor-made solutions for the Internet of Things. Steffen’s career is built on more than 15 years of experience in various Management and Business Leadership positions within the Bosch Group. Steffen holds an Engineering degree from the Technical University Berlin and is currently based out of Chicago.

Satadru Sengupta

Satadru Sengupta

General Manager and Insurance Subject Matter Expert, DataRobot

Satadru Sengupta, General Manager and Insurance Subject Matter Expert at DataRobot, is a practicing data scientist for the last ten years. He previously worked with Liberty Mutual Insurance, AIG, and Deloitte Consulting. In his current role with DataRobot, Satadru is working with a large number of financial institutions seeking to harness the power of machine learning, AI and data science automation.

Amit Unde

Amit Unde

AVP and Insurance CTO, LTI

Amit is Associate Vice President and CTO for Insurance business unit in North America. He leads LTI’s Insurance Solutions Office and Enterprise Architecture Practice. He has more than 19 years of experience working with insurance companies across the globe. Amit specializes in Customer Experience, Commercial Underwriting, Loss prevention and Risk Management solutions, and has been at the forefront of leveraging modern technologies such as IoT, Cognitive solutions, robotics automation and big data analytics, for better risk selection, pricing and efficiency.

Cletus Nunes

Cletus Nunes

Senior Sales Director, Octo Telematics

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Dawn Mortimer

Dawn Mortimer

Assistant Vice President, IoT/Telematics Claims Product Management, Verisk Telematics

Dawn Mortimer is the assistant vice president of IoT/Telematics Claims Product Management at Verisk Insurance Solutions/ISO. Before that, Dawn was with Guidewire Software as the market strategy director for data and analytics; she was innovation director at American Family Insurance. Dawn’s background of insurance for the past 29 years has been to serve the industry in many capacities, such as strategy, marketing, I/S, claims, agency, and product lines. She is responsible for leading the claims efforts around IoT/Telematics with suppliers and insurance companies to develop new products, services, and business opportunities.

Dawn has her master’s degree in business administration. She is also a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute, is a certified Usability Specialist with Human Factors International, has a certification in Alliance Management from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, and has her Fraud Claim Law Associate designation from American Educational Institute (AEI). Dawn’s experience with project management, technology, usability, and market development is critical to working with partners to leverage the Internet of Things for the future

Katie DeGraaf

Katie DeGraaf

Director of Product – Insurance Solutions, Arity

Katie is the Director of Product – Insurance Solutions for Arity, a technology company founded by The Allstate Corporation. In this role, Katie is responsible for developing and overseeing the product strategy and roadmap for Arity’s Insurance Solutions segment, including the development and recommendation of new techniques and processes to build innovative solutions for Arity’s Insurance customers. Katie and her team work closely with Arity Insurance customers to better understand their needs and identify opportunities to enhance Arity’s Insurance solutions and services.

Arity’s offerings are powered by the Arity Platform that is built on 25+ billion miles of driving behavior data and more than one million active sensor connections, bringing value to companies across the insurance and transportation industries.

Before joining Arity, DeGraaf spent more than a decade at Willis Towers Watson where she played a key role in launching its telematics rating solution, DriveAbility. She has a wealth of insurance domain knowledge, having worked with over 50 companies (insurers, telecoms, and auto manufacturers) on five continents to deploy telematics programs for insurance applications and from her time spent in product and pricing at Liberty Mutual and Allstate Insurance.

Katie has a deep passion for telematics and has spoken on the subject across the globe. She also serves on the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Personal Lines Conference Planning Committee and is a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation.

Rebecca Wheeling

Rebecca Wheeling

CEO and Co-Founder, Schedule It

Rebecca Wheeling is the co-founder and CEO of Schedule It, which provides software for insurance adjusters to map, route, and schedule their claims along with on-hand personal scheduling assistants to make the calls for adjusters when claim volume peaks. The Schedule It Pro™ software enables insurance professionals to increase customer satisfaction and staff productivity with a controlled, efficient claims process and offers easy integration with any CMS. Learn more at www.scheduleit.io.

George Tsintzouras

George Tsintzouras

President, Alert Labs

George is CEO and co-founder of Alert Labs Inc. Under George's leadership, Alert Labs has grown from a small group of high tech enthusiasts to a formidable manufacturer and provider of IoT home protection products and services. George is passionate about technology, business, and designing cool, useful, and innovative products. He dedicated two decades to the Professional Audio Visual industry, with responsibility for discovering, commercializing, and creating over 50 industry-defining products and solutions. George graduated from the University of Waterloo with his Bachelor of Physics and entered the field of optics. He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a specialization in marketing strategy.

Mac Fraser

Mac Fraser

General Manager, CCC Telematics

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Joe Gormley

Joe Gormley

President, DigiDrive

Joe is the Founder, CEO of DigiDrive Systems and

President of GSE Inc., an innovator in Systems Integration.

He holds 10 patents for Systems Platforms and Novel Business Methods.

At Ford Motor Company, he held positions ranging from a Technical

Specialist to the Company’s first Director of Systems Engineering.

During most of his career, he was selected to start new ventures as

electronics became more prominent in modern times from rockets

and industrial controls to applications in modern vehicles.

Prior to joining the Auto Industry, Joe designed and launched systems

in Industrial Controls at Honeywell and Military/Aerospace

Systems at the Vitro Corporation of America.

His Bachelor and Master degrees are in Electrical

Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia PA.

Joe served in the military as a Medic using the

Korean Bill of Rights to fund his college education.

Besides his technical, business and enterprise development

efforts, Joe has maintained a strong interest in education.

He served as the Curriculum Chairman of the Ford/Wayne State University

Masters Program and has offered courses he developed for Automotive

Electronics Work Shops in Creativity and Innovation development.

Saleem Miyan

Saleem Miyan

Board Member, Carrot Insurance

Saleem has vast experience in guiding international business operations, having held various Board positions in global companies across a range of industries including insurance and telematics. He was on the Board of a UK automotive insurance underwriter, with direct responsibility for all operating group companies. He has worked internationally for all of his career. He joined the board of Trak Global Group in 2017, using his international experience to focus on growing the group’s businesses across North America, the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere.

Brad Weisberg

Brad Weisberg

CEO and Co-Founder, Snapsheet

Brad Weisberg is the CEO and Co-Founder of Snapsheet, a leading provider of virtual claims technology to personal and commercial auto insurance carriers. He is passionate about developing creative solutions for today’s complex problems using powerful technical platforms that deliver great user experiences.

Brad is a champion for the Chicago tech community and regularly mentors leaders of emerging tech companies. He has been a guest lecturer at Northwestern and is a recipient of the Chicago Innovation Awards 2016. Brad's work with Snapsheet has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur and Fast Company.

Ted Gramer

Ted Gramer

Chief Executive Officer, True Motion

Ted Gramer is Chief Executive Officer at TrueMotion. He has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and finance industries, including more than a decade with Liberty Mutual Insurance in a variety of executive leadership positions, including Executive Vice President & Chief Claims Officer and Executive Vice President of Liberty International.

Most recently, Gramer was the Managing Director for Global Property at Solera, a global leader in data and software for automotive, home ownership and digital identity management.

Gramer holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bentley University, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

SVP, Strategic Partners Group, CCA Global

Greg Johnson joined the CCA Global Partners team in 2015 and serves in his role as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partners Group. Over the course of his career, Mr. Johnson has enjoyed a variety of senior leadership roles at American Express, Ameriprise Financial and Crawford & Company that leveraged his expertise in strategy, sales, leadership development and business transformation. He currently contributes on several advisory boards and has previously served on the Board of Directors for RiverSource Life Insurance of New York.

Mr. Johnson earned his undergraduate degree from The American University, his MBA from Emory University Goizueta Business School, a certification in Emerging Markets Strategy from Georgia State University and his CFP designation from the College of Financial Planning. He remains a frequent panelist and guest lecturer at Emory University, Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University.

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Ryan Kim

Ryan Kim

Chief Executive Officer, Phyn

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Dave Wang

Dave Wang

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Striiv

Dave is the CEO and co-founder of Striiv, a Bay Area startup focused on developing customer wearable platforms for healthcare. He has over 15 years of experience leading marketing and product planning across wearables, consumer electronics, and non-deterministic sensor processing. His prior positions include VP of Marketing at Booyah, Senior Director of Marketing at SiRF and Centrality Communications, and engineering positions at Cisco Systems and the U.C. Berkeley Wireless Research Center. Dave graduated from Stanford University with a dual M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Management Science and Engineering, and he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.  

Anthony O’Donnell
Industry Expert

Anthony O’Donnell

Executive Editor, Insurance Innovation Reporter

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Deb Smallwood
Industry Expert

Deb Smallwood

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Strategy Meets Action

Deb Smallwood, Founder of Strategy Meets Action, is widely recognized as an industry thought leader who is known for her expertise in helping companies rethink the traditional business of insurance and position for success in the changing insurance world. Deb’s passion is to advise insurers on innovative ways to leverage InsurTech and the emerging technologies that are required in today’s digital connected world. Deb provides insights that guide insurers on their journeys to becoming the Next-Gen Insurers of tomorrow. For over 30 years, Deb has helped customers understand how to leverage technologies, shift strategies, and make the right strategic investments. Deb has worked with hundreds of insurers and solution providers over the years, enabling them to create high business value and differentiate their businesses through their decisions and investments.

Prior to launching Strategy Meets Action, Deb held a variety of leadership roles including VP of the insurance practice at Tower Group, Chief Transformation Officer (CIO) at Insurance Company of the West (ICW), Partner at KPMG LLP, and Head of Commercial Lines Application Development & Maintenance at Liberty Mutual. Deb is often asked to contribute to major insurance publications. She is also a frequent keynote speaker at leading industry conferences.

Margaret Resce Milkint
Industry Expert

Margaret Resce Milkint

Managing Partner, The Jacobson Group

Margaret Resce Milkint is Managing Partner of The Jacobson Group and leads the firm’s U.S. Executive Search practice. She handles executive management and actuarial searches on a global basis in the areas of life, property and casualty, healthcare, reinsurance, and consulting (benefits, life and health, property and casualty) for the organization's retained search practice.

Margaret joined the firm more than 25 years ago and has successfully completed search engagements including Board of Director members, CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, COOs, CIOs, CROs, Chief Underwriters and Chief Actuaries. Her international search expertise encompasses disciplines such as actuarial, underwriting, risk, finance and investment, legal, IT, analytics, sales and marketing, and claims. She also plays a significant role in the continued development of the entire organization as a member of Jacobson’s Executive Management Team. Margaret is a key player in establishing cross-border relationships and broadening the firm’s global reach.

An active member of the insurance community, Margaret’s expertise on career and recruiting issues is widely-recognized by several industry publications and associations. As the co-founder of the Women’s Insurance Networking Group (WING), Margaret is a champion of diversity and equality in leadership in the insurance industry. WING was launched as a platform for networking among the insurance industry’s female leaders and enlightened males, those who understand the importance of diversity and equality in leadership in the insurance industry.

In addition to her role with WING, Margaret also sits on the steering committee for the Insurance Supper Club (ISC), which provides a network and forum for senior women in the insurance industry on a global basis. Margaret is also a Board Member of the Illinois Technology Foundation, focusing her involvement on the importance of communication, social media and networking skills for emerging technology professionals.


Margaret is based out of the firm’s U.S. Headquarters in Chicago and can be reached at mmilkint@jacobsononline.com or +1 (312) 884 0410.

Emma Sheard

Emma Sheard

Head of Strategy, Insurance Nexus

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Stephen Applebaum
Conference Chairman

Stephen Applebaum

Principal, Insurance Solutions Group

Stephen Applebaum is Managing Partner, Insurance Solutions Group, and a subject matter expert and thought leader providing consulting, advisory, research and strategic M&A services to participants across the entire North American property & casualty insurance ecosystem focused on insurance information technology, claims, innovation, disruption, supply chain, vendor and performance management. Mr. Applebaum is also Senior Advisor to StoneRidge Advisors, an investment banking firm focused exclusively on the insurance industry.

Stephen is a frequent chairman, speaker, moderator and panelist at insurance industry conferences and a frequent contributor of thought leadership articles and papers to insurance industry publications and has a strong passion for coaching, mentoring, business process innovation, studying and applying disruptive technology, and managing organizational change in the property and casualty insurance industry and trading partner communities.

Donald Light

Donald Light

Director, North America Property/Casualty Practice, Celent

Donald Light is a Director in Celent’s North America Property/Casualty Insurance Practice. His coverage areas include: technology and business strategy; transformative technologies such as insurtech, digital, the Internet of Things, connected car and connected home, autonomous motor vehicles; and due diligence for insurance technology M&A transactions.   

His recent consulting work includes: a due diligence assignment for a Private Equity investor considering the acquisition of an insurance technology firm; a build or buy analysis for core system modernization, and several system selection projects.

Donald is widely quoted in the press and media, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, NBC and CBS Evening News, CNBC, and National Public Radio.

He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences including those sponsored by IASA, ACORD, and PCI.

Prior to joining Celent, Donald was an insurance subject matter expert with Sapient and for his own firm, where he advised senior managers at major insurers and other financial institutions. He has also held a senior research position in Allstate’s Research and Planning Center.

Donald has a B.A. in economics from Princeton University, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Meghan Anzelc

Meghan Anzelc

VP Data and Analytics, AXIS Insurance

Meghan Anzelc is the Vice President of Data and Analytics for AXIS Insurance, a business segment of AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd (NYSE: AXS). In this new role, Dr. Anzelc is responsible for developing and executing the strategy and roadmap for data and analytics within the Company’s Insurance segment. Prior to joining AXIS, Dr. Anzelc was Vice President, Lead Data Scientist, for Zurich North America, where she led predictive analytics projects across underwriting and claims. She has also held actuarial and analytics roles at CNA and Travelers.

Dr. Anzelc holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Loyola University Chicago and a Masters and Ph.D. in physics from Northwestern. She regularly participates in initiatives focused on providing relevant guidance on career planning and professional development, to insurance professionals, graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in the sciences and math. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Women in Insurance Networking Group.

Marco Toja

Marco Toja

Chief Executive Officer, See Your Box

Marco Toja is CEO of See Your Box UK and CH. He has started the company with two friends in 2014 and led it ever since through a seed round and the round A, growing it to 10 people as of today. Serial entrepreneur with a 25-year experience, both as a strategic consultant and manager specialised in sales restructuring and M&A. Marco has been an active player in the technology (Internet Telecom), Retail and Consumer Goods Industry. Former McKinsey consultant, he has a long time service record within the clean tech industry for the UK government. Previously, as DTC deputy sales director, he has managed not-diamond related activities in 72 countries around the world. Marco started his career buying a T1 supplier in 1995 and followed by serving as a civil contractor for NATO in Brussels.

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Eric Fenton

Eric Fenton

Insurance Practice Lead – North America, EPAM

Eric Fenton is an award-winning Technical Leader and Certified Automation Professional with a focus on delivering innovative technology solutions to leading Insurance companies. Over the course of his 18-year career, Eric has provided over 120 enterprise-wide business and technical solutions to numerous verticals on a global scale. As Insurance Practice Lead – North America at EPAM, Eric uses his in-depth industry knowledge of trends and technologies to deploy trend-setting strategic solutions that drive disruption and enable successful enterprise innovations.

Prior to EPAM, Eric created and deployed multiple vendor-approved CoE (Center of Excellence) models, which are today utilized across many Fortune 500 companies. Eric has also served as the Solution Development Lead & Sr. Architect over one of EMC’s Consulting Divisions. Along with his vendor roles, Eric has also created and led a client-side document automation department to achieve a 360-degree view of the vendor/customer experience. Eric holds a BA and multiple AS degrees in computer programming and networking from Champlain College and is a Sr. Firefighter with over 16 years of experience with the Essex Junction Fire Department.

Learn more and get in touch with Eric via LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ericfenton

Plamen Bliznakov

Plamen Bliznakov

Senior Direction, Extended IoT Solutions, EPAM

Dr. Bliznakov has 21 years of experience in various roles in the enterprise software industry. Currently, he is a Sr. Director, Extended IoT Solutions at EPAM. In that role he is working with clients and the EPAM internal organization to identify potential benefits and value from implementing IoT solutions, and ensure delivery of world-class solutions and services. He also is leading the development of partnerships in the area and ensures the professional growth of the internal competency team.

Prior to EPAM, Mr. Bliznakov led R&D teams in both Engineering and Product Management organizations at PTC, an independent software vendor specializing in the areas of IoT, PLM, ALM, SLM and CAD software. In these roles, Plamen led the architecture design and implementation of the most broadly used application area of Windchill, PTC’s PLM system. He was also responsible for developing and implementing PTC’s strategic initiatives for and addressing the requirements of the automotive industry.  

Mr. Bliznakov holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Marcus Scheiber

Marcus Scheiber

Chief Executive Officer, ROC Connect

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Raj Pofale

Raj Pofale

Chief Executive Officer, Claim Genius Inc

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Scott Soderstrom

Scott Soderstrom

Chief Executive Officer, FilingMate

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Jack Blaeser

Jack Blaeser

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Virtunuity

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Nick Smith

Nick Smith

Product Manager, State Auto

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