ACORD Names Top InsurTech Leaders of 2020

Individuals recognized for driving change through collaboration, sustainability & inclusion, and global ecosystem-building.

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ACORD (Pearl River, N.Y.), the global standards-setting body for the insurance industry, has announced its annual InsurTech Leaders. This year’s honorrees are presented in conjunction with Alchemy Crew, whose co-founder & CEO Sabine VanderLinden has herself been a perennial member of ACORD’s list.

Bill Pieroni, CEO, ACORD.

ACORD creates the list annually by evaluating vision, execution, and outcomes to identify the leaders with the greatest current and future ability to change the industry through InsurTech. The 2020 list has been expanded to recognize leaders who are driving change in three key focus areas: collaboration, sustainability & inclusion, and global ecosystem-building.

“These leaders are driving tangible outcomes and real change in insurance,” comments Bill Pieroni, President and CEO, ACORD. “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 InsurTech leaders will play a key role in moving our industry forward.”

In alphabetical order within each category, ACORD’s 2020 InsurTech Leaders are:

Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO and Co-Founder, Policygenius.


  • 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, CEO, Hippo Insurance.

  • Assaf Wand, Co-Founder & CEO, Hippo


  • 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

    Guy Goldstein, CEO, Next Insurance.

  • Tobias Taupitz, Co-Founder & CEO, Laka
  • Julian Teicke, Co-Founder & CEO, wefox


  • James Birch, Development Director, Ki Insurance and Head of Innovation, Brit Insurance
  • Aldo Capurro, CEO, C Consulting
  • Joe Dainty, AGM London Market Transformation, DXC Technology
  • Emmanuelle Ganne, Senior Analyst, Economics & Statistics Division, World Trade Organization
  • Pascal Lehmann, Head of Americas Operations – P&C Business Management, Swiss Re
  • Shuja Noorani, Chief Marketing Officer, Anoud Technologies
  • Jonathan Prinn, Managing Director, BGC Partners

    Sabine VanderLinden, co-founder & CEO, Alchemy Crew.

  • Ian Summers, CEO, Sequel
  • Henri Winand, Co-Founder & CEO, AkinovA
  • Paul Wishman, Vice President, Global Insurance, CGI

“This year we are recognizing the unique work and effort of leaders from around the globe who have driven change and made a difference in 2020, comments VanderLinden. “The new year will bring unique opportunities to the world of insurance through emerging technology-led thinking, development, and execution.”

“Many insurers and InsurTechs are now considering ways to sustain growth while caring for the less fortunate and embedding diversity and inclusion to attract new talent, VanderLinden adds. “The future requires new thinking in terms of operational resilience and business model design. These leaders are doing what they can to shape the world of tomorrow.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, 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 or (503) 936-2803.

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