Verisk Names Rob Newbold President of Extreme Event Solutions

Newbold succeeds Bill Churney, who is retiring from Verisk, effective December 31, 2023, after 21 years of service to the company.

(Rob Newbold, President, Extreme Event Solutions, Division, Verisk. Source: Verisk.)

Verisk (Jersey City, N.J.), a global data analytics and technology provider, today announced that Rob Newbold will succeed Bill Churney as president of the company’s Extreme Event Solutions division, upon his retirement, effective December 31, 2023.

Lee Shavel, President and CEO, Verisk.

“The Extreme Event Solutions team plays a critical role in helping Verisk serve as a strategic data analytics and technology partner to the insurance industry, and the team makes significant contributions to building global resilience,” comments Lee Shavel, president and CEO, Verisk. “For two decades, Rob has been a driving force behind the client-driven innovation, rooted in the latest science, which is a cornerstone of the team’s growth. With the support of a strong and diverse leadership team, he will further expand the Extreme Event Solutions team’s contributions to the success of our clients and the global insurance industry.”

Newbold joined Verisk in 2002 as a risk consultant, and since then he has held several roles of increasing responsibility. He has been integral to the business’s growth during his tenure, according to a Verisk statement. The firm provides an example, relating that in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis when the 144A property catastrophe bond market grew steadily, Newbold built and led the team that continues to serve as the global standard for catastrophe bond risk assessment. Most recently, Newbold served as executive VP and COO, Extreme Event Solutions.

Building on Momentum

Bill Churney, outgoing President, Extreme Event Solutions, Verisk.

“I’m honored to build on the incredible momentum we’ve gained under Bill’s leadership,” comments Newbold. “We’re proud of our role in helping clients and the global insurance industry prepare for extreme events, from modeling to mitigation efforts. To lead this team at this pivotal point in the insurance industry’s history is a thrilling responsibility, and we look forward to continuing a legacy of innovation in service of the vital role our clients play in society.”

Churney is retiring from Verisk after 21 years with the company, having served the past eight years as president of Extreme Event Solutions.

“Bill has made significant contributions to the extreme events modeling business and the insurance industry, earning him the trust and respect of colleagues, clients and partners around the world,” Shavel said. “We are thankful for his leadership and wish him the success he deserves in this next chapter of his life.”


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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