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Top Ten InsurTech Leaders

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ACORD, in conjunction with Alchemy Crew, presents its 2020 list of leaders with the greatest current and future ability to change the industry through InsurTech

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Every year, ACORD evaluates vision, execution, and outcomes to identify the Top Ten Leaders with the greatest current and future ability to change the industry through InsurTech. For our 2020 list, we’re expanding our approach.

This year, ACORD is presenting our InsurTech Leaders list in conjunction with Alchemy Crew, whose co-founder & CEO Sabine VanderLinden has herself been a perennial member of our Top Ten Leaders.

Together, we have identified three key threads driving InsurTech innovation in the current environment. We believe these focus areas will continue to be of profound relevance as we move from 2020 to 2021.

1) Collaboration

For InsurTech, collaboration has always been at the core of the business models that truly drive change and differentiation. Leaders in this space bridge the gap between startups and the large, established players, embracing the benefits of each. Carriers, brokers, and solution providers alike have learned that the most effective path to innovation often lies in co-developing with trading partners along each step of the process, so that business informs technology and vice versa.

2) Sustainability and inclusion

The insurance industry has both an opportunity and an obligation to secure a positive future for both itself and those it serves. Whether providing opportunities within the industry through their own hiring and retention practices, or expanding insurance into underserved markets, these leaders are driving much-needed change. They provide equal access to resources and opportunities to those who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, and are able to meet their own needs without compromising future generations.

3) Global ecosystem-building

Our industry is finally embracing the idea that robust networks, interconnected systems, and global digitization are not optional - they are necessary for efficiency and growth. Ecosystem-building leaders are on the cutting edge of these developments, accelerating the pace of change. They understand the power of network effects, and embrace “coope-tition” with their industry counterparts. They have also begun to collaborate beyond the insurance industry, tapping into new sources of experience and expertise.

ACORD and Alchemy Crew have chosen the Top Ten InsurTech Leaders for each of these key areas. In alphabetical order within each category, they are:

COLLABORATION

  • Jonathan Beerman - SVP Americas, Chief Technical Accounting & Administration Officer, SCOR

  • Bill Devine - SVP, Business Capabilities Office, Travelers

  • Varun Dua - Co-Founder & CEO, Acko

  • Jennifer Fitzgerald - Co-Founder & CEO, Policygenius

  • Gabe Glynn - Co-Founder & CEO, MākuSafe

  • Ian Macartney - SVP, Head of Innovation, Argo Group

  • Frank Neugebauer - Senior Architect, Cincinnati Financial

  • Bob Olson - CIO Reinsurance, Aon

  • Marshall Sims - Senior Product Owner, Agent Engagement & Integrations, Liberty Mutual / Safeco

  • Assaf Wand - Co-Founder & CEO, Hippo

SUSTAINABILITY & INCLUSION

  • Dame Inga Beale, DBE - Former CEO, Lloyd’s of London

  • Tahir Farooqui - Founder & CEO, Canopy

  • Guy Goldstein - Co-Founder & CEO, Next Insurance

  • Liri Halperin - Co-Founder & CEO, LeO

  • Carolina Klint - Managing Director & Risk Management Leader, Continental Europe, Marsh

  • Tulsi Naidu - CEO, Zurich Insurance UK

  • Sten Saar & Harry Franks - Co-Founders, Zego

  • Rain Takahashi - Founder & CEO, Jauntin

  • Tobias Taupitz - Co-Founder & CEO, Laka

  • Julian Teicke - Co-Founder & CEO, wefox

GLOBAL ECOSYSTEM-BUILDING

The unique challenges of 2020 haven’t changed the fundamental realities of the digital landscape, or the execution imperatives for our industry - they’ve spotlighted previously existing issues, created a sense of urgency, and accelerated change. These leaders will play a key role in moving our industry forward.

Also, check out our previous years’ lists:

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