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Insurance Trailblazers, IoT Partners and Executive Leaders Take the Stage

Kim LaRiccia
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Kim LaRiccia

IT Director of Data Management and Analytics, Progressive Insurance

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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 North America

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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

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Drew Aldrich
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Drew Aldrich

Principal, American Family Ventures

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Sharena Ali
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Sharena Ali

SVP - Partnership Distribution, Analytics and Experience, Homesite Insurance

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Jakub Hanson
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Jakub Hanson

Vice President, IT,, Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection

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Shannon Lewandowski
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Shannon Lewandowski

Head of IoT, American Modern Insurance Group

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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

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Kyle Van Hoeven
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Kyle Van Hoeven

Enterprise Risk Management Leader, Westfield Group

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Enrico Mastrangeli
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Enrico Mastrangeli

Manager, Business Innovation, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group

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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

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Dirk Schmachtenberg

Dirk Schmachtenberg

Head of IoT, Munich Re

Dirk Schmachtenberg has authoriative experience in the areas of strategy, digital business models and innovation. In 15 years of management consulting within different companies, he successfully accomplished numerous business transformation projects in the financial and other industries, with a strong focus on digital strategy. Combining an IT and management background, he is widely regarded as an expert especially for challenges where strategic and technological developments go hand in hand, such as IoT.

In his former role as a board member of Trevisto AG – a Germany based consulting company specializing in digital strategy and data driven business models – he also built and led the “solution lab” in Berlin – an agile unit acting as a “start up for hire”, enabling corporates to realize MVP´s (minimum viable products) in just 6 weeks of co creation.

He joined Munich Re in June 2016 and is responsible for IoT.

Kathleen Zarzycki

Kathleen Zarzycki

Chief Information Officer, Greater New York Insurance

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Pierluigi Fasano

Pierluigi Fasano

Head P&C Enterprise Architecture, Swiss Re

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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
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Snejina Zacharia

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Insurify

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Eric Narcisco
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Eric Narcisco

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Effective Coverage

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Martha Notaras
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Martha Notaras

Partner, XL Innovate

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Robert Weireter

Robert Weireter

Senior Underwriter, Swiss Re

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Vic Pascucci III
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Vic Pascucci III

Managing Partner, lightbank

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Chris Downer
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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.

Dion Hinchcliffe
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Dion Hinchcliffe

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

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Greg Ross
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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
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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
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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.

Scott McCormick
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Scott McCormick

President and Founder, Connected Vehicle Trade Association

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Koen Hulsbosch

Koen Hulsbosch

Associate Vice President and Head of Insurance Europe, HCL Technologies

Koen Hulsbosch is Assoc. Vice President and Head of Insurance Europe for HCL Technologies. He has been with HCL for 3 years, and has previous held various sales and delivery leadership positions with Atos. He has worked in Financial Services and IT for the past 20 years. Koen holds a degree in Technical Computer Science from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Satadru Sengupta

Satadru Sengupta

General Manager and Insurance Subject Matter Expert, DataRobot

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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.

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.

George Tsintzouras

George Tsintzouras

President, Alert Labs

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CJ Przybyl

CJ Przybyl

President and Co-Founder, Snapsheet

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Ryan Kim

Ryan Kim

Chief Executive Officer, Phyn

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Anthony O’Donnell
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Anthony O’Donnell

Executive Editor, Insurance Innovation Reporter

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Deb Smallwood
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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
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Margaret Resce Milkint

Managing Partner, The Jacobson Group

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Stephen Applebaum
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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

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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.

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