Managing Director, Digital Insurance
Alissa Ristic is a Managing Director in Customer and Operations at KPMG where she leads their Digital Insurance practice. Her focus is on providing insurance clients with more personalized, convenient and cost-effective services by using digital technologies to make improvements to process, products and services. With an extensive background across the US and UK insurance market, Ristic has held numerous senior leadership roles. Prior to KPMG, Alissa was the VP of Insurance at Lemonade with responsibilities including underwriting, insurance product, actuarial pricing and insurance operations. Ristic was also the Chief Insurance Officer at Simply Business, a digital broker servicing small commercial operations. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion initiatives, and is a mentor for female talent developing their careers. Ristic is a Chartered Insurance Broker, and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII). She also holds a master’s degree in Risk Management and Insurance from Bayes Business School. Notably, Ristic has won industry awards for her work in Claims and Broking in the UK with a feature in Insurance Age magazine.
Partner and Global Head, Property and Casualty Insurance
Gaurav leads the Global P&C Insurance practice at Oliver Wyman. With over 30 years of in-depth insurance industry experience as a consultant and practitioner, he delivers high-impact outcomes for large corporations as well as new-age insurtechs, providing strategic direction at different phases of transformation for growth and profitability. He has demonstrated a strong track record of building successful businesses with sustaining long-term growth trajectories, both organically and inorganically. Prior to Oliver Wyman, Gaurav was an Executive Consultant at Chubb following a progressive career at AIG. As CEO of Global Personal Insurance at AIG, Gaurav was responsible for the global consumer P&C businesses. He also previously worked at Oliver Wyman’s parent, Marsh McLennan as a Senior Partner and President of Growth Markets for Mercer. In addition to his executive roles, Gaurav served as Chairman of Blue Marble Microinsurance, Chairman of the American Insurance Association Personal Lines Executive Committee, and Chairman of the US-India Business Council Insurance Sub-Committee. Gaurav got his MBA in India, and subsequently did the Advanced Management Program from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also did a program from MIT Sloan School of Management on Digital Strategy for Business. He is a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of India and a Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute, UK.
Partner, Financial Services, Transaction Strategy and Execution Leader
Gaston Messineo is a leader in the EY-Parthenon Insurance practice, serving as Financial Services Transaction Strategy and Execution leader as well as EY Financial Services Strategy and Transactions co-leader for the Central region. With more than 20 years of management consulting and corporate leadership roles. Messineo works with insurance clients to navigate complexity by helping them to reimagine their ecosystems, reshape their portfolios and reinvent themselves for a better future. As such, Messineo advises clients on organic and inorganic growth strategy, acquisition and divestiture opportunities, due-diligence, post-merger integration and operating model transformation. A recognized thought leader in the industry, Messineo shares his insights and perspectives as a keynote speaker and panelist at industry conferences and events, including the LIMRA Conference and the Midwest InsurTech Executive Forum. Messineo holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
John Forni is the Managing Director at Grant Thornton, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world's leading independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Their network has more than 60,000 professionals in more than 135 countries who are ready to help public and private organizations of all sizes take on today's challenges. Forni began his career in 1981 and brings over 25 years of experience advising U.S. and multinational corporations within the financial services industry on a diverse range of tax issues and strategies. Forni is a CPA in the State of New York. He is a member of the AICPA and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Forni earned his BS in Accounting and MBA, with a concentration in Taxation from St. John's University. Notably, his corporate tax experience spans all aspects of operating a complex multinational tax organization including tax operations, reporting, compliance, controversy, internal controls, tax planning, restructuring, transfer pricing, and tax technology implementation. In addition, Forni provides an executive perspective and hands-on experience in the development and implementation of domestic and international business tax strategies.
Senior Vice President & Global Head, Insurance
Kannan Amaresh is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Insurance at Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting. At the company, Amaresh has been responsible for global insurance since 2018. Besides P&L responsibilities, he oversees client relationships and new client acquisitions in the insurance vertical across all key markets. Notably, Amaresh is curious about business model disruption through technology – and this fuels his approach to helping clients stay ahead of the curve. At Infosys, he applies a unique lens of “Speed, Accuracy, Trust” (SAT) to solve customer challenges. Amaresh has also been sharing insights from his experience at various industry and community conferences and events. Having lived and worked in Scotland, Canada, and India, he is deeply appreciative of the cultural and historical roots of these countries. Amaresh is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is also passionate about inventing, with a patent pending in the USA for his work on ‘Predicting Financial Impact of Business Frameworks.’ Amaresh graduated from the University of Madras with an undergraduate degree in accounting and corporate laws.
Principal, Americas Insurance Strategy and Transactions Leader
Martin Spit leads the insurance sector for EY-Parthenon, EY’s strategy practice. He advises clients on areas of business and market strategy, organizational restructuring, and operational transformation. His clients include U.S. and global carriers for property & casualty, life & annuity and health insurance, as well as insurance brokers, PE firms, and specialized suppliers to the insurance industry. Martin has advised clients in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Prior to rejoining EY, Martin held leadership positions in the insurance practices of the Boston Consulting Group and Accenture Strategy. He advised insurance organizations and a broad spectrum of other clients at Mitchell Madison Group. Martin started his career in the financial services practice of EY in the U.S. and The Netherlands. Beyond his consulting experience, Martin has served as interim EVP for a large-cap PE portfolio company. Martin holds a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Twente, The Netherlands and an MBA from INSEAD with a concentration in entrepreneurship and restructuring.
Global Head of Insurance Advisory
Mark Longworth runs the insurance consulting business for KPMG in the UK, which specializes in transformational change across Life, Non Life and London markets. KPMG is a global organization of independent professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. KPMG is the brand under which the member firms of KPMG International Limited (“KPMG International”) operate and provide professional services. “KPMG” is used to refer to individual member firms within the KPMG organization or to one or more member firms collectively. During his tenure, Longworth has had the pleasure of seeing his business grow and diversify significantly. For him, there is no better feeling in business than seeing a team grow and work effectively together to be successful in the market. Longworth was proud to become a partner in KPMG in 2009 after 16 years with the firm. His leadership then gave him the opportunity to run and grow their financial management practice in FS. This was a fantastic period when he had the pleasure of working with a diverse and talented leadership team. Longworth graduated from the University of Cambridge with an undergraduate degree.
Principal, Global Leader, Insurance
Mathew Tierney is the Global Insurance Practice leader for Grant Thornton and maintains offices in both New York City and Philadelphia. Tierney also serves on the Global Business Consulting Leadership team for Grant Thornton International, a U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world's leading independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Over Tierney’s career he has worked in the United States, London, Bermuda and Germany working with Global Insurance Companies and Monetary Authorities. He has specialized in the Insurance sector and has maintained a concentration in the P&C, Life and Health Insurance lines. Tierney has served a select group of leading US and international insurers. Today, Tierney oversees the firm's go to market strategy for the Insurance sector, which includes the creation of industry centric solutions, related service delivery teams and quality execution for our global accounts. Tierney sits on the board for the Society of Insurance Financial Management (SIFM) which consists of global CFO’s and professional service Partners focused on finance in the insurance sector. Tierney received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Widener University. Tierney is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program.