P2P Insurer Lemonade Names Ty Sagalow Chief Insurance Officer

Set to launch in by Q2 2016, the new peer-to-peer insurer also counts among its officers Robert Guirlando, James Hageman and Ron Topping.

(Photo credit: Anna Fayett-Holmes.) 

Lemonade (New York), which describes itself as the world’s first peer-to-peer (P2P) insurance company, has named Ty Sagalow Chief Insurance Officer. One of Lemonade’s founding officers, Sagalow is an industry veteran whose career has focused on the the potential of technology for innovation and the need for insurers to become customer-centric. Lemonade was founded by veteran tech entrepreneurs Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger with the backing of Aleph and Sequoia Capital, and is slated for launch in the first half of 2016.

Ty Sagalow Chief Insurance Officer, Lemonade.

Ty Sagalow Chief Insurance Officer, Lemonade.

Sagalow’s insurance industry senior leadership roles have included president of product development and chief underwriting officer at AIG (New York), and executive VP and chief innovation officer at Zurich North America (Schaumburg, Ill.). Sagalow was a pioneer in underwriting IT-associated risks at AIG’s eBusiness Risk Solutions during 2000s, and he is credited with creating many novel insurance products, including Y2K Insurance, Cyber Insurance, Corporate Reputation Insurance, and Intellectual Property Collateral Insurance.

“As the President of Product Development at AIG and Chief Innovation Officer at Zurich I spent my career pushing the limits of innovation within Big Insurance,” comments Sagalow.  “I concluded that true disruptive innovation is almost impossible within the framework of legacy carriers. I joined Lemonade because only a company born of technology, the sharing economy and behavioral economics can truly re-architect what insurance should look like.”

Several other industry veterans have also joined Lemonade Sagalow is joined by a cadre of insurance executives who have opted to leave legacy insurance companies in favor of building a peer-to-peer carrier from the ground up:

  • Robert Giurlando, previously SVP & Chief Underwriting Officer at ACE, is Lemonade’s Chief Underwriting Officer.
  • James Hageman, previously SVP Claims at ACE, is Lemonade’s Chief Claims Officer.
  • Ron Topping, previously AIG’s Head of Financial Planning and Analysis (P&C), Americas, is Lemonade’s Chief Financial Officer.

“We’re thrilled Ty and team have come aboard, matching Lemonade’s strong tech foundations with an insurance dream-team,” comments Lemonade co-founder and CEO Schreiber. “That these executives turned away from traditional carriers speaks volumes about how insurance veterans see the state of the industry. That they chose Lemonade is both a vote of confidence in the potential of peer-to-peer insurance, and the surest way to make it a reality.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For over a decade he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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