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Dr. Robert T. Reville
President & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Robert T. Reville is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Praedicat. Before Praedicat, Reville was Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. At RAND, he conceived and led the R&D project that provided the foundation for Praedicat.
From 2002 to 2008, he was the Director of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, a research center dedicated to improving public policy related to liability, compensation and insurance. He was also founder and co-director of the RAND Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy, a policy research center at RAND which published research on terrorism insurance that was influential in congressional debates over the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Reville has published extensively on compensation for occupationally disabled workers. He served for two terms on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reville received his Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.
Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Gallagher is the Chief Financial Officer of Praedicat. She was most recently a Senior Director in the Emerging Risk Solutions Group at Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS) where she was involved with the liability catastrophe model development and business development. Prior to that, Gallagher was an Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, a large New York based law firm, where she was a member of the corporate group, focusing primarily on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and public company Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and compliance.
From 1999 to 2004, Gallagher was a member of RMS’ Risk & Technology Consulting and Enterprise Risk Management groups, initially conducting analyses using RMS’ natural catastrophe models, and then contributing to the development and deployment of RMS’ risk-adjusted return on capital (RAROC) model and terrorism model. She is admitted to the State Bar of California, received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and M.B.A. in Finance from Kellogg School of Management, and received her A.B. in Economics from Princeton University.
Dr. David Loughran
Senior Vice President of Product & Chief Economist
Dr. David Loughran is Senior Vice President of Product & Chief Economist for Praedicat. Previous to this role, Loughran was Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation, Associate Director of RAND Labor and Population, and Professor of Economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Over his 12 years at RAND, Loughran served as principal investigator for a diverse portfolio of empirically-driven, policy-relevant research in the areas of insurance, labor markets, demography and energy and was a core member of the research and development team that conceptualized and piloted Praedicat’s proprietary liability risk assessment capabilities. Other research conducted by Loughran in the field of insurance includes a study of the effect of no-fault auto insurance on driving behavior, an award-winning study of the determinants of administrative awards for pain and suffering, and an oft-cited study of the relative risks posed by older drivers. Loughran received a RAND President’s Award for his innovative research on the effects of military deployment and combat injury on labor market outcomes and disability compensation and has received awards for best paper in the Journal of Risk and Insurance and Energy Journal. Loughran holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Siddharth Chawla is the Senior Vice President of Engineering, holding a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Agra University, with over 18 years of experience in Information Technology that spans multiple industry verticals including finance, insurance, telecom, retail banking, healthcare and media/entertainment.
He is an Engineering thought leader with experience in delivering highly scalable, large, complex software products. Additionally, he is experienced in scaling, growing and inspiring teams. His core competencies include: multi-tenant SaaS architectures, microservices, event driven architectures using message bus and queuing, big data analytics using Data Warehouse databases including Massively Parallel Processing databases.
Senior Vice President of Modeling
Melissa Boudreau is the Senior Vice President of Modeling at Praedicat. In her 30+ year professional tenure, Ms. Boudreau has built mathematical models and commercial software for quantifying complex and specialized risks, including tropical cyclone and severe convective storms, weather derivative risks, environmental impairment liability, and emerging market risks.
Prior to joining Praedicat, Ms. Boudreau was Director of General Insurance Software for Actuarial Resources Corporation, where she led the creation of actuarial and risk management software and related consulting services, assisting insurers in Mexico with understanding their risk profiles and complying with evolving solvency regulations. Previously, Ms. Boudreau was Senior Manager of Advanced Analytics for SAS, assisting insurers with Solvency II compliance. As Senior Consultant with Towers Perrin, Ms. Boudreau led the development of capital models, pioneering many of the techniques commonly used in today’s models. Ms. Boudreau is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Julia Fuller Nakayama
Senior Vice President, Account Management
Julia Fuller Nakayama is the Senior Vice President, Account Management at Praedicat and Head of Praedicat’s New York office. She brings over twenty years of experience in the P&C insurance industry and advising Fortune 500 clients in the financial services sector as a management consultant. She works with Praedicat’s (re)insurance clients to adopt and apply Praedicat analytics in innovative ways that advance their strategic objectives.
Prior to joining Praedicat, Julia was the Operations executive for AIG’s Global Casualty business, where she focused on developing and implementing new pricing tools and advanced analytic models with teams that spanned Actuarial, Data Science, Underwriting, and IT. While at AIG, Julia also led a global process excellence program and the Global Casualty Claims Operations team, where she oversaw the development and launch of a transformational claims technology platform. Prior to joining AIG, Julia was an engagement manager in the financial services practice of Mitchell Madison Group, a global management consultancy.
Julia received an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.A. in History from Yale University.
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Creative
Taro Ramberg is the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Creative at Praedicat and brings with him over 20 years of global marketing expertise. With a focus on strategic thought leadership and creative innovation, Mr. Ramberg has a successful track record of developing and implementing effective and impactful marketing plans and campaigns for some of the world’s leading companies (Mercedes-Benz, FedEx, United Airlines, etc.). Praedicat draws upon Mr. Ramberg’s proven history of product development and management, revenue growth, creative direction, market strategy development, consumer acquisition and retention models, and the ability to help “start-up” efforts bring to market meaningful products and services.
In his role, Mr. Ramberg oversees both the marketing and creative disciplines at Praedicat, collaborating with the executive team to help ensure strategic alignment between strategy, sales, and customer engagement.
Mr. Ramberg received his B.A in English and Film from the University of Vermont, with extended studies in fictional writing at the University of California at Berkeley.
Jacques Dubois retired at the end of 2006 from Swiss Re Group where he had served as a Member of Swiss Re’s Executive Board in Zurich, Switzerland and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, the holding company for Swiss Re’s operations in North America.
In addition, Mr. Dubois held other roles at Swiss Re, including Deputy Head of Swiss Re’s Global Life and Health Reinsurance division, and board member of Swiss Re subsidiaries in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of South Africa and Australia. During his last two years at Swiss Re, he served as Global Head of Corporate Development.
For nearly twenty years starting in 1979, Mr. Dubois was one of three partners of Insurance Investment Associates, an investment banking partnership that was focused on the merger and acquisition of insurance companies. In 1988, he and his two partners founded Life Re Corporation for the purpose of acquiring General Reassurance Corporation from General Reinsurance Corporation in a leveraged buyout. Life Re, with Mr. Dubois as President, became a public company listed on the NYSE in 1992 and grew by increasing its traditional reinsurance business and by developing a business that became known as Administrative Reinsurance, or Admin Re. He remained a partner at Insurance Investment Associates until 1998 when he joined Swiss Re upon its acquisition of Life Re. He began his career in 1972 when he joined Philo Smith & Company, a securities firm specializing in insurance company stock research and insurance company M&A.
Since retiring, Mr. Dubois has served as a consultant to financial institutions on matters including acquisitions, litigations, collateralized debt obligations and credit default swaps. He has also been active as a board member of several charitable organizations.
While at Swiss Re, Mr. Dubois served as co-chairman of the Advisory Board of RAND’s Center for Terrorism Risk and Management Policy. After retiring from Swiss Re, he served for many years as a member of the Advisory Board for RAND’s Center for Global Risk and Security.
Mr. Dubois holds an A.B. in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross (1970) and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (1972).
Richard R. Bonaventura
Rich Bonaventura is an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School, where he has since 2015 taught a course he created, entitled “How M&A Gets Done.” Prior to his retirement from banking in 2020, Rich was an investment banker, specializing in M&A, for over 30 years; most recently Rich was Vice Chairman of Banking at Barclays. Previously, Mr. Bonaventura served as Co-head of Financial Institutions – Americas at Barclays for five years and, prior to that was Head of M&A for Financial Institutions at Barclays/Lehman for fourteen years.
Before becoming a banker, Rich worked as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine, and Moore and, before law school, earned his CPA at Coopers and Lybrand. Rich received his JD from the University of Virginia Law School, where he won the Lile Moot Court Competition, and has a BS from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, where he won the Edgar F. Shannon Award as class valedictorian.
Andrew Hoehn is Senior Vice President for Research and Analysis at the RAND Corporation. He is responsible for all U.S.-based research and analysis, quality assurance, and recruitment and oversight of RAND’s 950 research staff.
Mr. Hoehn previously served as a RAND Vice President and Director of Project AIR FORCE (PAF), where he was responsible for overseeing research and analyses on strategy, force employment, personnel and training, and resource management. He first joined RAND as Director of PAF’s Strategy and Doctrine program. Previously, Mr. Hoehn was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, responsible for developing and implementing U.S. defense strategy, force planning and assessments, and long-range policy planning. Earlier, as Principal Director for Strategy and Director for Requirements in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he was responsible for policy oversight of resource planning, materiel requirements, and military roles and missions. Prior to joining government, Mr. Hoehn was associate editor of the Marine Corps Gazette.
Mr. Hoehn is professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and was adjunct professor of strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of advisors for the Center for New American Security, and the board of visitors at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Mr. Hoehn earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Baldwin-Wallace College and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Frank V. McMahon
Frank V. McMahon is a founding partner at American Discovery Capital (“ADC”), a middle-market growth equity investment firm based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to forming ADC, Mr. McMahon served as Executive Chairman of DataQuick Information Solutions, a leading property information company, owned by TPG Capital until its successful sale in 2014. He previously served as CEO of First American Information Services (now called CoreLogic) and as Vice Chairman and CFO of The First American Corporation. While at First American, he spearheaded the effort to split the company into two separate publicly traded companies to unlock the value of the data and analytics division, dramatically reduced corporate costs and drove strong organic revenue growth and expanding margins at CoreLogic.
Prior to joining The First American Corporation, he spent 20 years as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers specializing in Financial Institutions. Mr. McMahon holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BS degree in Economics from Villanova University.
Mr. McMahon currently serves on the Board of Directors of Real Matters Inc., on the advisory board of Lereta, Inc. and is actively involved as a board member of several charitable organizations.
Mary Merkel retired in 2016 from Zurich Insurance Company where she served as Chief Underwriting Officer for Zurich North America. In this role she led the development of the underwriting strategy for the United States and Canada, including line of business strategies, actuarial pricing, predictive analytics, and underwriting governance .
In her thirty plus year career with Zurich, Mary held other roles including Chief Underwriting Officer for Casualty on a worldwide basis, and Chief Underwriting Officer for Zurich’s Global Corporate business in the United States. She has extensive underwriting experience across multiple lines of business and geographies.
Before joining Zurich, she began her career at Royal Insurance Company.
Mary is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Risk Management/Insurance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA).
Dr. Robert T. Reville
Dr. Robert T. Reville is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Praedicat. Until recently, Dr. Reville was Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. At RAND, he conceived and led the liability catastrophe R&D project that provided the foundation for Praedicat.
From 2002-2008, Dr. Reville was the Director of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, a research center dedicated to improving public policy related to liability, compensation and insurance. He was also founder and co-director of the RAND Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy, a policy research center at RAND which published research on terrorism insurance that was influential in congressional debates over the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. He was the director of the RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance. Dr. Reville’s final publication from his tenure at RAND was an edited volume Transparency in the U.S. Civil Justice System, published by Oxford University Press in 2012.
Dr. Reville has published extensively on occupationally disabled workers. His work on wage losses from permanent partial disability was cited and several recommendations adopted in workers’ compensation reform legislation by the California legislature. He served for two terms on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Reville received his Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.