• Hemant H. Shah

    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Since co-founding RMS in 1989 as a spin-out from Stanford University, Hemant Shah helped build RMS from five colleagues working from his apartment to more than 1,000 professionals providing the world's leading catastrophe modeling solutions to the global insurance and financial services sector. He is widely recognized within the global risk industry as a proactive and influential leader, including "100 Most Powerful People in the Insurance Industry" (Insurance Newscast, 2005–2011); "Most Influential Person of the Year" (Reactions Global Awards, 2011); "Top 40 Most Influential" (Global Reinsurance, 2008); one of "35 Rising Stars" (Business Insurance, 2002); and a "Leader of the Future" (Global Reinsurance, 2000). Hemant serves on the board of directors of Praedicat, Inc. as well as the board of overseers of St. John's School of Risk Management and Actuarial Science (College of Insurance). He is a director of the RAND Center for the Study of Terrorism Risk Management Policy, a director on the board of RAND's Institute for Civil Justice, and a director of the Singapore-based Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies. Hemant is also a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Robert Muir-Wood

    Chief Research Officer

    Robert Muir-Wood is CRO of Science and Technology Research at RMS. In this role, Robert heads the branch of RMS responsible for enhancing approaches to natural catastrophe modeling and developing models for new areas of risk such as liability.

    Based in London, he has more than 20 years' experience in developing probabilistic catastrophe models and has most recently focused on the clustering of catastrophic events, insurance loss amplification, and "mega" catastrophes.

    Robert was lead author on Insurance, Finance, and Climate Change for the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report, and is the author of six books, as well as numerous papers and articles in scientific and industry publications. Robert has recently focused on new models for clustering, time varying activity rates, loss amplification and Super Cats.

    He is also a member of the OECD High Level Advisory Board of the International Network on Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophes. He holds a first class degree in natural sciences and a PhD in Earth Sciences, both from Cambridge University, and was a junior research fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

  • Debbie Byron

    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Deborah (Debbie) Byron is the Chief Human Resources Officer of RMS. She is a seasoned global executive with over 30 years of experience in corporate businesses, professional service companies, and educational institutions. Prior to joining RMS, Debbie was SVP of worldwide human resources for SAP Business Objects.

    She has also held executive leadership positions for the international law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the California State Automobile Association, and as principal of her own organizational consulting practice.

    Debbie serves as co-chair of the Stanford Women on Boards Initiative and as a trustee of Harvey Mudd College. She also previously chaired the board of directors of the Career Action Center in Cupertino, and as a two-term president of the 15,000-student, top-ranked Cupertino Union School District.

    Debbie holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

  • Bobby Soni

    Chief Platform & Services Officer

    Bobby Soni is the chief platform & services officer at RMS, where he is responsible for building out an end-to-end cloud hosting & operations capability for RMS' new platform and solution portfolio.

    He came to RMS from IBM, where he was vice president industry & cloud business solutions for IBM SWG. His responsibilities included leading worldwide strategy, market development, and investments for IBM's industry and cloud businesses.

    Bobby was also vice president and global solution leader for IBM's global business services, and held the role of chief strategy officer and executive vice president of Webify Solutions, acquired by IBM in August 2006.

    Before joining Webify Solutions, Bobby was senior vice president and chief technology officer at BearingPoint, and senior partner at KPMG Consulting and KPMG LLP, where he helped to create the world's largest ASP in the market.

Executive Team