About Kovrr

Kovrr financially quantifies cyber risk on demand.
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Meet the team

Kovrr is led by a team of (re)insurance professionals, cyber intelligence experts, catastrophe modelers, and experienced software developers.

Yakir Golan

Chief Executive Officer
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Yakir is CEO of Kovrr. He started his career in the Israeli intelligence forces. Following his military service, he acquired multidisciplinary experience in software and hardware design, development and product management.

For the past few years he has been focused on bringing cyber risk management solutions based on advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence to the market.

Yakir holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.
Yakir Golan

Shalom Bublil

Chief Product Officer
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Shalom is chief product officer at Kovrr and a cyber data science expert. Throughout his career, Shalom has acquired unique expertise in cyber intelligence, threat modeling, risk modeling, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Shalom joined an elite Israeli intelligence unit and served for four years specializing in cyber. Following his military service, he joined Lacoon Mobile Security where he led the threat intelligence and threat modeling initiatives.

In his last position before founding Kovrr, he led cyber threat intelligence and modeling efforts at Deep Instinct, developing a commercial detection engine product from scratch based on advanced artificial intelligence technology. Shalom holds a B.A. from the Open University of Israel.

Shalom Bublil

Avi Bashan

Chief Technology
Officer
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Avi is CTO at Kovrr and leads engineering and research efforts. He started his career in an elite Israeli intelligence technology unit. Following his service, Avi advised Fortune500 companies on cybersecurity.

Following his consulting period, Avi led research and development efforts at Lacoon Mobile security focusing on discovering novel new attacks and building state of the art malware detection engines. Lacoon Mobile Security was acquired by Check Point.

Avi is a lecturer at Bar Ilan University's Business School and holds a B.Med.Sc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Avi Bashan

Gil Hazaz

VP Sales, Enterprise Solution
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Gil is an experienced evangelist & Hands on Entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of Delivering innovation.

Focusing on things that matter around Cyber Security, his huge passion is around developing the right glue between cutting edge technology & successful businesses.

Gil likes to constantly challenge the status quo, and has spent the last 21 Years holding Executive Sales, Marketing & Business Development positions, within the Israeli High-tech Cyber & Startup arenas.

 Gil Hazaz

Peter Dyson

Insurance Modeling
Specialist
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Peter Dyson has worked in risk and capital modelling for over 12 years and has joined Kovrr in July 2021.

Peter joins us from his role as a senior manager at KPMG where he led insurance analytics projects and insurance modelling teams.

He has gained a wealth of experience through senior modelling roles in the insurance industry, tackling cyber, catastrophe modelling, exposure management and capital modelling.

His qualifications include a PhD in thermofluid modelling, and a passion for technology and analytics.
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Amir Kessler

Director of
Product Management
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Amir is a director of product management at Kovrr and a cyber data science expert. Throughout his career, Amir has acquired unique expertise in cyber intelligence, threat modeling, risk modeling, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Amir joined an elite Israeli intelligence unit and served for five years specializing in cyber. Following his military service, he joined Lacoon Mobile Security where he led the threat intelligence and threat modeling initiatives.

In his last position before joining Kovrr, he led cyber threat intelligence and modeling efforts at Check Point, developing a commercial detection engine product. Amir holds a B.Sc in computer science and cognitive science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Amir Kessler

Tom Boltman

VP Strategic Initiatives
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Tom Boltman is VP of Strategic Initiatives at Kovrr.

Prior to Kovrr Tom held senior leadership positions at a number of award-winning technology startups.

He also spent 5 years as a Producer at CNN International. He has an MA in Counter-Terrorism and a BA Hons. in International Relations.
Tom Boltman

Our Advisory
Board

Philippe Vuilleumier

Head of Group Security,
Swisscom
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Philippe Vuilleumier has been with Swisscom for over 15 years and was named Head of Group Security in 2015. From 2008 until 2011, he was Head of Network & IT Operations at Swisscom Switzerland before being appointed CEO of subsidiary Alphapay.

Mr. Vuilleumier has also held executive roles at Zurich Insurance Group, Equant, and IBM.

Philippe presently serves on the Board of Directors of Electrosuisse and is engaged in numerous organizations connected to physical security and cybersecurity.
Philippe Vuilleumier

Kevin McCarty

Managing Director,
Information Protection, Cigna
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Kevin is a global information security executive in the hospitality industry and has deep leadership experience with information technology service providers such as Sungard, AT&T, and Verizon.

He leads organizations in all facets of information security, compliance programs, governance, risk management, business continuity, and management across multiple geographically dispersed operations.

Kevin has guided security risk management teams in developing qualitative and quantitative risk assessment methodologies to improve executive decision making related to M&A, third-party providers, technology investment, and partnership activities.
Kevin McCarty

Gram Ludlow

CISO Hospitality Industry
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Gram Ludlow is a respected information security executive with over twenty years of security industry experience. Currently the SVP, Chief Information Security Officer for a global hospitality company, he has spent his career protecting some of the world's largest brands and networks.

Gram specializes in building highly effective security programs and has held security leadership positions at Caterpillar, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, AGCO Corp and Flowers Foods.

Gram is actively involved in advising and helping security startup and technologies companies, participating in several CISO advisory organizations and advisory boards.

Dax Craig

Co-Founder and President,
Pie Insurance
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Dax Craig is the co-founder and president of Pie Insurance, a digitally enabled, direct workers compensation insurance company.

Prior to founding Pie Insurance, he was the founder and CEO of Valen Analytics, a data science company that leveraged its large consortium data assets to help carriers price insurance policies more accurately and achieve lower loss ratios. Prior to founding Valen in 2004, Dax founded and led several successful technology companies.

He currently serves on the executive advisory board of the University of Tulsa’s College of Business and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.

Dax graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing. He earned his MBA in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dax Craig

John Butler

Managing Director, Cohen
& Co Asset Management
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John has over 20 years of ILS and reinsurance market experience. Prior to joining Cohen & Company, LLC, John, was Managing Partner at insurance and reinsurance linked investment management firm Twelve Capital.

Additionally, John is President and Chief Executive Officer of Insurance Acquisition Corp.(NASDAQ: INSU), a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a business combination with a primary focus in the insurance, reinsurance or insurance related services sectors.
John Butler

Hetul Patel

Chief Actuary Officer,
Liberty Mutual Re
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Hetul is Director for non-life consulting at Actuaries OnTap. He has extensive knowledge of the reinsurance industry gained through his 20 years’ experience working as an actuary and executive in the global reinsurance industry. His experience includes traditional actuarial areas such as pricing, reserving and capital management, as well as underwriting and financial planning.

At both ACR and XL Catlin, he worked with all core functions giving advice that was both insightful and added value. He shaped and executed corporate strategy, implemented transformation projects and negotiated M&A deals. Hetul is also a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and holds a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics.
Hetul Patel

Helen Gemmell

Portfolio Underwriter,
Ki Insurance
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Helen has worked within the insurance industry for over 12 years, with experience in statistical modeling and underwriting. Helen has recently joined Ki as a Portfolio Underwriter, leading the underwriting of the Casualty portfolio. Prior to joining Ki, Helen was part of the market leading cyber team at Brit, where she was responsible for the international cyber portfolio.

Helen’s insurance career initially began within modeling, and was Head of Catastrophe Modeling at a large London syndicate, before moving to underwriting.
Helen Gemmell

Visesh Gosrani

Chair, IFoA Cyber Risk
Working Party
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Visesh has over 20 years of experience as an Actuary and Chief Risk Officer in the insurance industry. 
He chairs the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Cyber Risk Working Party which provides guidance to actuaries and insurers on how to better understand and manage cyber risk.

He is also  Head of Actuarial at Medical Protection Society which covers the healthcare professions for clinical negligence.

Visesh co-founded Shoal, which became part of Cyence, a cyber modeling start-up where he became Director of Actuarial and Risk and continued in this role after Cyence was acquired by Guidewire. Prior to working for Cyence and Guidewire, Visesh was Chief Risk Officer for Asta, a Lloyd’s of London Managing Agent, Actuarial Leader for Genworth and a Consulting Actuary for Deloitte and PwC.

Visesh Gosrani

David Clouston

Catastrophe Risk &
Mgmt. Exposure Executive
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David Clouston is a specialist in insurance and reinsurance catastrophe-risk, covering all forms of exposure-management, catastrophe modeling, project-management and IT systems. David served as Deputy Head of Catastrophe Risk at Lloyd's of London from 2011, and then as Head of Lloyd's Risk Aggregation division from 2016 to 2018. He left Lloyd's in 2018 to start a new venture called Pelagius, whose purpose is to help understand and manage catastrophe risk in the insurance sector and more widely. Pelagius offers a consulting and contracting service to re/insurers; pro bono work for projects related to education; and coaching in career & personal development within the corporate sector and privately. David has an MSc in Coaching and Behavioral change from Henley Business School. David is a regular speaker in the UK and internationally on modeling extreme events, regularly co-chairing (with Dr Federico Waisman) the Annual CAT Risk Management & Modeling Europe conference in London.

David Clouston

David Hallstrom

Cyber Underwriting
Specialist
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David Hallstrom is the National Cyber Advisor for USI Insurance Services where he consults with companies across varied industry sectors on Cyber, Media and Tech E&O risk. David has more than 30 years’ experience building successful technology E&O, professional liability and cyber insurance books of business at the carrier, broker, wholesale and MGA level. 
Immediately prior to joining USI, David was a Senior Vice President for Willis Towers Watson. David also served for eight years as Assistant Vice President, Cyber Line of Business Leader for CNA Financial Corporation, where he was responsible for worldwide Cyber underwriting strategy and profitability. 

David has previously served in leadership roles at Risk Placement Services, Zurich North America, Near North National Group and Aon.

David Hallstrom

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