Greg M. Barats
Greg Barats is president and chief executive officer of The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company with insurance and engineering operations worldwide. He also is chairman of HSB Solomon Associates, LLC, an energy management consulting company that offers performance improvement services for the refining, petrochemical and power generation sectors worldwide. Barats has more than 25 years of business and technical experience in the global energy and insurance industry. Before joining HSB Solomon Associates, LLC, he was senior vice president at the American International Group, Inc.
Joseph P. Brandon
Joseph P. Brandon, is the executive vice president of Alleghany Corporation with responsibility for helping to oversee Alleghany’s property and casualty operations. Prior to joining Alleghany, Brandon was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Re Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., from 2001 to 2008.
Timothy J. Byrne, Sr.
Tim Byrne is president of Coast Agents Alliance. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University and a Diploma in Risk and Insurance with High Distinction at the College of Insurance in New York. Byrne serves as a board member of the Byrne Fund for the Betterment of Wildwood, Inc. He also serves as a board member for the Cape Regional Hospital and the Cape May Chamber of Commerce.
Ram Charan is a world renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies and CEOs of our time. In his work with companies like GE, KLM, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M and Verizon, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problems and devise real world solutions. These solutions have been shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications.
Michael Chertoff is the former Secretary of Homeland Security. His goal was to provide risk-based protection against the most significant threats, reduce major vulnerabilities, and mitigate potential consequences, with minimal disruption and inconvenience. He implemented programs and capabilities that did not exist prior to September 11, to better equip the U.S. to deal with the threats of the 21st century across land, sea and air. In 2009, he formed an advisory firm, The Chertoff Group, which counsels corporate and government clients on security and risk management issues.
Michael DuBose is the founder and president of CyDefense LLC, a firm that offers legal and technical solutions for today’s cyber security challenges. Previously, he was the managing director and cyber investigations practice leader for Kroll Advisory Solutions. DeBose also served as chief of the computer crime and intellectual property section at the United States Department of Justice, where he managed some of the largest investigations and prosecutions ever brought in the U.S.
Bernard "Bernie" Flynn has served as president and chief executive officer of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company since April 2008 and chairman of the board of NJM Bank FSB, a wholly owned subsidiary of NJM, from 2009 to 2013. Since joining NJM in 1993 as a staff attorney, Flynn was named vice president and general Counsel in 2001 and senior vice president and general counsel in 2004. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Insurance Company in 2003 and the Board of NJM Bank in 2004. Before he joined NJM, he was a New Jersey deputy attorney general.
James E. Glassman
James E. Glassman is a managing director with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and is the head economist for the Commercial Bank. He works closely with the firm’s chief investment officer, commercial banking, investment banking, and government relations groups. Glassman publishes independent research on the principal forces shaping the economy and financial markets. His views are widely cited in the financial media. From 1979 through 1988, Glassman served in a number of areas in the Research and Statistics and Monetary Affairs divisions at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C.
Richard Knabb, Ph.D., is the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. He began his career as a research meteorologist and lead forecaster at the Mauna Kea Weather Center. In 2001 Dr. Kanbb joined Risk Management Solutions, Inc. as an assistant product manager for Weather Risk. He joined NOAA’s National Hurricane Center as the science and operations officer in 2005.
Michael S. McGavick
Michael S. McGavick is the chief executive officer for the XL Group PLC. As CEO, he has focused XL on maintaining and building its premier position as a global insurance and reinsurance provider of property, casualty and specialty products. In 2010 McGavick was recognized as the Bermuda Insurance Institute’s (Re) insurance Person of the Year, Review Magazine’s Industry Personality of the Year, and Reactions Magazine Insurance CEO of the Year. Prior to XL Group, McGavick was the chairman, president and CEO of the Seattle-based Safeco Corporation.
Douglas H. Meal
Douglas H. Meal, a seasoned trial lawyer and partner for Ropes & Gray LLP, represents companies in complex transaction-related disputes arising from all varieties of business agreements. He has played a leading role in the firm’s privacy and data security practice, specializing particularly in representing clients targeted by litigation and government investigations stemming from highly publicized data security breaches. Meal has become the national leader in defending companies that suffer significant data security breaches involving consumer information against the ensuing claims and regulatory investigations.
Jonathan E. Michael
Jonathan E. Michael is chairman and CEO of RLI. Since joining RLI in 1982, he has held various positions, including president & chief operating officer, executive vice president and chief financial officer. He previously was associated with Coopers & Lybrand and is a CPA. In addition, Michael serves on the board of investment management software maker SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. as well as sunglass manufacturer Maui Jim, Inc. He is also the chair of the PCI's Board of Governors.
Howard Mills is chief advisor with Deloitte LLP’s insurance industry group, where he works with both U.S. and global insurance clients in solving their most challenging problems, on issues such as growth, globalization, regulatory issues and managing the complexities of compliance. Prior to joining Deloitte, Mills was appointed superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department where he led the department’s transition to conducting risk-based exams, as well as signed landmark settlement agreements with the world’s largest insurers and U.S. insurance brokers.
Matthew C. Mosher
Matthew Mosher is the senior vice president & chief rating officer for the A.M. Best Company, an independent insurance information and rating service provider. He oversees over 125 analysts in three offices who are rating and reporting on over 4,000 insurance companies in over 70 countries around the world. In this role as the head of A.M. Best’s rating operations globally, Mosher chairs the corporate rating committee for ratings world-wide and is a major contributor to A.M. Best’s rating criteria development.
Joseph G. Murphy
Joseph G. Murphy was appointed commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Insurance in 2010. He has played an active role in the implementation of the auto insurance reform, stabilizing health insurance costs and ensuring the solvency of Massachusetts domiciled insurers.
Robert J. O'Neill
Robert J. O’Neill, team leader, Navy Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL Team Six) from 2004-2012, is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time. As a highly-trained Navy SEAL with more than 16 years of experience, he led the military’s most elite and was involved in our nation’s most important campaigns.
David A. Sampson
David A. Sampson is the president and chief executive officer for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). Before joining PCI, Sampson worked with President George W. Bush and served the Bush administration as deputy secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department. He was also a member of President Bush’s Management Council.
Jaime Tamayo is president and chief executive officer of MAPFRE USA. He has worked for the MAPFRE Group in Spain and America since 1993, holding several executive positions including chairman, president & CEO of MAPFRE’s primary insurance operations in the U.S.
Cameron Vogt, FCAS, CFA, MAAA, is a senior vice president and head of pricing & referral in the Reinsurance Division of Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. In addition, he is a member of the Reinsurance Division Executive Leadership team. Cameron is experienced in all lines of business, with a specific emphasis on property, umbrella and surety pricing. He joined Munich Re in 2000 and has held positions as both a pricing actuary and underwriter. Prior to joining Munich Re, he worked for Reliance Insurance Company as an actuarial analyst in their Reserving Department.
James S. Waller
James S. Waller, Ph. D., joined Guy Carpenter as a research meteorologist, with a background in education, codes and standards, meteorological forensic analysis and field experience. He worked on a definition of “tornado-prone” regions for the National Building Code of Canada, snow load climatology, instrument evaluation and deployment of a marine observation station in the Gulf of Mexico. Waller carries a record of distinction as an instructor of meteorology, and is also a member of the American Meteorological Society.
Benjamin A. Walter
Benjamin A. Walter is the chief executive officer for Hiscox USA. He is responsible for the Hiscox business in the US. Walter joined Hiscox in early 2011 as COO and served in that post until April 2012. He previously held the position of managing director in the San Francisco office of Blackrock/Barclays Global Investors. Prior to that, he was a director with Banana Republic and a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.
Nancy P. Watkins
Nancy P. Watkins is a principal and consulting actuary with the property and casualty practice in the San Francisco office of Milliman. She also manages an actuarial consulting practice that specializes in property insurance and predictive modeling. Watkins was president of Watkins Consulting Co. in Atlanta. Prior to that, she was a senior manager and consulting actuary at Price Waterhouse.
Alan S. Wernick
Alan S. Wernick is a partner in the law firm FisherBroyles, LLP and brings more than 30 years of experience focused almost exclusively on technology, intellectual property, data privacy/security transactions, and related legal matters. Wernick’s experience includes every type of information technology contract and transaction, as well as publishing and media distribution agreements. His clients are among the largest companies in the world, spanning a wide range of industries and disciplines.