CEO & President
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Revenue Officer
Chief Information Security Officer
Chief Product Officer
Chief Technical Officer
Managing Director, Portugal
Bojack H. Drucker
Chief Adorable Officer
For two decades Carpe Data CEO Max Drucker has led innovation for the insurance industry as a data visionary, always at the forefront of technological change. Before Carpe Data’s launch in 2016, Max excelled as both executive and entrepreneur—in 1998 he served as CIO and co-founder of eCoverage, the nation’s first online auto insurance company. Looking again toward the future Max founded Steel Card, one of the world’s first InsureTech companies, which was acquired by ChoicePoint in 2006 and is now owned by LexisNexis, earning him recognition by Insurance & Technology Magazine as one of the Top 10 Innovators of the Decade.
As Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Carpe Data, Geoff Andrews is responsible for the overall operation of the company as well as the oversight and execution of strategic initiatives. Prior to his current tenure, Geoff served as a director and original member of Steel Card, playing a key role in the company’s development and successful acquisition by ChoicePoint. As the VP of Operations for the Personal Lines Software Division of Insurity, Geoff was integral in making Steel Card the first ChoicePoint acquisition— and exceeded expected revenue targets for the first three quarters as a result.
Jim Andrews is a co-founder of Carpe Data and currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer. Jim is a hands-on sales leader, engaging closely with strategic accounts and partnerships to provide direction to the product team based on the needs of Carpe Data’s user community. Jim is a 14-year veteran of the insurance industry and gained a deep knowledge of both the software and data sectors while serving in Operations at ChoicePoint and LexisNexis.
Mike Nichols is Chief Information Security Officer. With more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, Mike has had a hand in everything from developing critical applications for Boeing Computer Services to performing multiple roles across diverse technologies for growing Internet start-up companies.
Bob Burns is Chief Product Officer. An insurance data and technology product strategist and marketer with success in software solutions at the vendor, carrier, and data provider level, Bob was previously Vice President of Product Strategy at Insurity. Bob has spent his career in the insurance industry including at ChoicePoint, the LexisNexis Insurance Exchange, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), and with an insurance agency.
Victor Moreira is Chief Technology Officer. A seasoned leader in the technology industry with a focus on growing data-centric startups, Victor was part of the NozaSearch team, a local startup that created the world’s biggest database of philanthropic data. On the heels of Nozesearch’s acquisition by Blackbaud CRM in 2010, Victor co-founded HG Data and as the CTO led the technology development and product creation.
Priscilla is a senior specialist in organizational operations, with a focus in process improvement and workflow efficiency projects. Priscilla has spent her career focused on IT and related sectors, both in EMEA and North America regions, and is currently working from Portugal managing executive initiatives for Carpe Data. A lifelong learner, Priscilla thrives when she is developing and executing high-level projects for technology teams. She was recently featured as a guest speaker at the 2021 Web Summit in Lisbon.
Bojack H. Drucker
To most, Bojack needs no introduction— take one step into the office and he’ll greet you with 125 pounds of Grade-A puppy love. Previous roles include Barketing Specialist and Manager of Pawperations at the Drucker family household, and he’s recently taken an interest in overseeing security detail for his favorite humans at The Bark Bus.
Board of Directors
Nick Gerhart, J.D., M.H.A.
EVP and Chief Innovation Officer, Homesteaders Life Company
Head of Aquiline Technology Growth
Former Director, Provide Commerce
Nick Gerhart, J.D., M.H.A.
Nicholas C. (Nick) Gerhart, J.D., M.H.A., joined Homesteaders Life Company in August 2020 as EVP and Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, he oversees HLC ventures, new market opportunities and strategy.
Prior to his current role he was the Chief Administrative Officer at FBL Financial Group, a multi-line insurance carrier and financial services firm. Gerhart is best known for his role as the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Iowa from February 2013 until December 2016. Prior to that, he worked at Sammons Financial Group and American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. He earned his law degree and health law certificate from St. Louis University School of Law and a Masters of Health Administration from St. Louis University School of Public Health. He also earned a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. Gerhart is an active community leader by working with JDRF Greater Iowa and on the board of Childserve.
Max Chee has more than 17 years of experience as a private equity and venture capital investor. He is leading Aquiline’s technology growth fund which is focused on early- and growth-stage technology investments related to the financial services industry.
At Millennium, Max worked closely with transaction partners to provide growth capital, acquisition capital, and alternative liquidity. He led Millennium’s investments in Airvana (IPO, subsequent sale to SAC Private Capital), ArcSight (IPO, subsequent sale to HP), Epocrates (IPO, subsequent sale to AthenaHealth), RigNet (NASDAQ: RNET), Green Dot (NYSE: GDOT), Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo), LegalZoom (acquired by Permira), Pentaho (acquired by Hitachi), Marklogic, Acronis, Bettercloud, KIK, and Jumio, where he served on the Board.
Previously, Max worked for Mellon Ventures, a $1.4 billion private equity partnership sponsored by Mellon Financial Corporation (BONY). Max led technology and business services investments on behalf of Mellon Ventures in the Southeast region.
He currently serves on the Boards of Bitpay, ETF Securities, and Carpe Data.
Jordanna Schutz is a technologist and early-stage investor. She has a strong interest in how we protect, collect, secure, analyze, and communicate information about the world around us. She has worked in public policy on topics related to emerging technologies and emerging threats. She founded several companies including Lucidity Inc., an online payment and peer-to-peer transaction platform. She was the founding Director of Development at bluemountain.com, and served on the board at Provide Commerce through its IPO and acquisition. Jordanna holds a Masters of Science from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in Physics and Mathematics.
Senior Counsel, Patrick Law Group LLC
Anne Melissa Dowling
CFA— Insurance Executive
Vice President, Digital Innovation - Northwestern Mutual
Former President and COO, ChoicePoint
President & CEO, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)
Managing Partner, Multi-Sided Ventures
Meredith Sidewater has spent the last twenty years advising data and analytics businesses regarding privacy and regulatory compliance, negotiating significant transactions, and managing litigation. Meredith is the retired Executive Vice President and General Counsel of LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc., a provider of innovative solutions and decision tools that combine content with advanced technology and analytics to assist customers in evaluating and predicting risk and enhancing operational efficiency. Prior to serving in the role of General Counsel, Meredith held the role of Vice President and Lead Counsel of the Insurance Services business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions and, prior to that, ChoicePoint Inc, a NYSE data and analytics company acquired by Reed Elsevier in 2008.
Meredith serves on the Board of The Howard School, a college preparatory private school in Atlanta, Georgia that educates students from kindergarten through high school with language based learning disabilities and learning differences. Meredith also serves on the Advisory Board of Komen Atlanta, having previously served on the Board there for eight years. Meredith is a recent graduate of Leadership Atlanta, a nine-month program through which of select group of diverse leaders explore critical community issues, develop themselves further and build relationships of trust and mutual understanding.
Meredith is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA – History) and the University of Georgia School of Law (JD). She lives with her husband Eric and two children, two adopted cats, two rescued Great Pyrenees, and two horses (they live at a nearby barn) in Atlanta.
Anne Melissa Dowling
Anne Melissa Dowling is an accomplished insurance industry executive with significant private sector, public sector service, and board experience.
Over the past six years she has served at a high level in state government. In 2015, she was recruited by newly elected Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner as the state’s Director of Insurance. She led highly successful regulatory innovations, developing and delivering creative solutions to an ever-expanding set of dynamics driven by technology, globalization, and a historically low interest rate environment.
Prior to serving in Illinois, she was appointed as Connecticut’s Deputy Commissioner of Insurance by newly elected Governor Malloy’s administration in 2011. Her portfolio included virtually every domestic regulatory issue affecting the insurance industry. Over three years, she led successful initiatives in such diverse areas as healthcare, financial services, and consumer outreach. In 2014, she was Connecticut’s Acting Commissioner of Insurance, leaving the post in 2015.
Anne Melissa had a highly successful career in domestic and international insurance investment and operating divisions which included executive roles with Massachusetts Mutual (MMG), Aetna, and Travelers. She grew the Institutional Insurance Division of MMG from startup to $13 billion in assets under management.
ne Melissa has significant governance experience. Her current related activities include service on the Prosperity Life, SBLI, and Shenandoah Life Boards of Directors and as an Advisory Board Member for the North American Connected Insurance Observatory, a think tank formed in 2016 and dedicated to engaging the insurance industry and innovation leaders around automated vehicles. She has recently been appointed by Connecticut’s Governor Malloy as a member of the Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles. For a period of five years she served as Director of Spectranetics Corporation (Nasdaq, SPNC) on its Audit, Executive, Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees. She has also served on several non-profit and educational boards of trustees including The Hartford Public Library (President), Amherst College, The University of Connecticut Foundation, and Miss Porter’s School, amongst others. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Anne Melissa is a graduate of Amherst College and the Columbia University School of Business.
Abim Kolawole is currently, Vice President, Digital Innovation at Northwestern Mutual. Abim’s primary responsibility is to accelerate the company’s strategic objectives through innovation within our core business, adjacent and other alternative opportunities. To accomplish this responsibility, Abim leads the company’s digital innovation team comprised of 30+ highly skilled professionals that drive a variety of efforts including the cultivation and sustainment of a thriving culture of innovation through curated events, like hackathons, reverse pitch events, field and home office ideation events, hypothesis testing and rapid experimentation and the new venture incubation program within Northwestern Mutual’s Venture Studios. Abim is a member of the company’s Enterprise Leadership Group, consisting of senior executive leaders who are mutually responsible for enterprise strategy alignment and execution. Aside from his daily role, Abim has other enterprise responsibilities including membership on corporate committees like the Enterprise Compliance Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee where he applies his thought leadership to guide and drive related initiatives.
Prior to his role leading digital innovation, Abim led the Policy Benefits Department. In this role, he had overall responsibility for the technical aspects of claims administration and also oversaw the entire operational aspects of insurance claims administration across our risk products, including life, disability and long-term care, including oversight of the special investigations unit. Before leading Policy Benefits, Abim held positions of increasing responsibility within insurance operations, including leadership of the Disability Income benefits division and Post Approval division. Before these roles in operations, Abim spent 11 years as a securities/corporate finance lawyer in NM’s law department where he worked on numerous corporate finance transactions, including private debt and equity transactions and restructurings for NM’s general account.
Before joining Northwestern Mutual in 2003, Abim worked as a securities/corporate finance lawyer at New York based law firms and served as a staff attorney with the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in New York. At the SEC, Abim was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of insider trading, accounting fraud and other types of alleged violations of the federal securities laws. Abim received his J.D. cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and is a member of the New York and Wisconsin bar associations. Abim also served as an army officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves for nine years. He is married to Beth Ridley, has three children and is an avid cyclist, runner and enjoys traveling the world.
Doug Curling is the Founder of New Kent Capital and is also a Managing Principal at New Kent Consulting, a business advisory firm comprised of former ChoicePoint executives who work with public and private corporations and private equity firms – providing fee-based/equity-based governance, business development, data acquisition, privacy, FCRA, and operational consulting services.
Doug is the retired President, COO and Director of ChoicePoint Inc, a NYSE technology company acquired by Reed-Elsevier in late 2008 for more than $4 billion. Prior to ChoicePoint, Doug held a variety of finance and technology management positions with Equifax, RJR Nabisco, Del Monte, and Ernst & Young.
Curling serves on the Board of CoreLogic (NYSE:CLGX) and a number of private company Boards/Advisory Boards including Social Intelligence, Teach Privacy, Vehcon, and kidslink. Additionally, Doug is active in the nonprofit community and serves on Boards/Advisory Boards for GivingPoint, The Cottage School, Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and The Virginia Tech Foundation. He is a frequent speaker on leadership, entrepreneurship, and privacy.
Doug is a graduate of Virginia Tech (BS – Accounting, MS – Accounting) and is a CPA. He lives with his wife Donna (33 years) on a quiet street in Roswell with a menagerie of pets as well as large collection of guitars and fly rods. They have three adult children.
Chuck Chamness is president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, the largest U.S. property/casualty insurance trade association with more than 1,400 member companies. The association supports regional and local mutual insurance companies on main streets across America and many of the country’s largest national insurers. NAMIC member companies write $273 billion in annual premiums. Our members account for 58 percent of homeowners, 44 percent of automobile, and 30 percent of the business insurance markets. Through its advocacy programs NAMIC promotes public policy solutions that benefit member companies and the policyholders they serve and foster greater understanding and recognition of the unique alignment of interests between management and policyholders of mutual companies.
Chamness serves as board chairman of NAMICO, a $55 million asset professional liability insurance company owned by the association and its members. In 2016, he concluded his three-year term as board chairman of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization that funds more pediatric cancer research grants than any other organization except the U.S. government. During his time as chairman, the organization raised more than $100 million. Chamness also serves as a board member of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100 and the Indiana University Foundation Board of Associates.
David Riker is Managing Partner at Multisided Ventures, an InsurTech Accelerator that works with global (re)insurers and startups to bring new products to market. In addition to his participation on Carpe Data’s Advisory Board, he also serves as a Board Advisor to B3i Services, the Zurich-based insurance blockchain platform, as well as Jewel, a Bermuda-based payments platform.
Mr. Riker has 20+ years leading the development and management of insurance and risk management technology startup ventures for private equity and Fortune 100 companies. Prior to Multisided he founded BlueLine Grid, an emergency management communications company that was sold in 2018.
Mr. Riker previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Storm Exchange, Inc., a venture-backed weather risk startup helping agriculture and retail clients minimize the financial impact of climate risk. He also served as Vice President of M&A and Products at Marsh & McLennan Companies and Chief Technology Strategist for Travelers. Early in his career, he was Founding Chief Executive Officer of eCoverage, the first company to sell, price and service auto insurance exclusively on the Internet. He is a graduate of Trinity College and has served on its Board of Fellows.