RMS

RMS
  • 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, and has been named “Most Admired CEO” (San Francisco Business Times, 2014); one of the "100 Most Powerful People in the Insurance Industry" (Insurance Newscast, 2005–2011); "Most Influential Person of the Year" (Reactions Global Awards, 2011); and one of the "Top 40 Most Influential" (Global Reinsurance, 2008); among other accolades.

    Hemant serves on the board of directors of the Casualty Actuarial Society and Praedicat, Inc., as well as on 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.

  • Cory Isaacson

    Chief Technology Officer

    Cory serves as Chief Technology Officer at RMS. As CTO, Cory drives the software design and technology strategy for RMS, applying big data analytics technology to the unique challenges of the risk modeling domain.

    Prior to joining RMS, Cory was CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of AgilData and dbShards. Cory has founded or held executive positions in several software-related businesses, and authored the books Software Pipelines and SOA and Understanding Big Data Scalability.

    He has more than 20 years of experience with advanced software architectures, and has worked with many of the world’s brightest innovators in the field of high-performance computing. Cory has authored numerous articles and spoken at hundreds of public events, helping organizations address the real-world challenges of big data performance and scalability, and effectively applying emerging technologies to fields including social networking, mobile applications, gaming, and complex computing systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Peter L. Eidelman

    Chief Financial Officer

    Peter brings more than 25 years of experience in financial leadership to RMS. Prior to joining RMS, Peter was CFO for the energy and utilities platform business C3 Energy, which provides big data analytics to the utility industry.

    Earlier in his career Peter led Intermolecular, Inc., a science-based technology company, through several rounds of financing and its initial public offering. He also served as senior vice president and CFO for Cellon International, Inc. and managed the successful initial public offering of Sunrise Telecom, Inc. during his tenure there as CFO and treasurer. He has also held management positions at Amdahl Corporation and Coopers & Lybrand (later merged into PricewaterhouseCoopers).

    Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He studied business and taxation at Bentley College, and business management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

    Peter is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

  • Eric Drattell

    General Counsel and Corporate Affairs

    Eric Drattell acts as General Counsel and oversees corporate affairs at RMS, leading a global team of lawyers, as well as the compliance, regulatory, corporate communications, and corporate social responsibility teams.

    He joined RMS in 2006 from Cisco Systems, and prior to Cisco, Eric was the General Counsel of the Sun Microsystems professional services business. Before moving in-house in 1999, Eric was in private practice for 12 years, most recently as a partner in the Washington, D.C., offices of McDermott, Will & Emery.

  • Matthew Grant

    Matthew is currently working to establish a venture supporting the industry’s catastrophe modeling community, in partnership with RMS. Previously, Matthew was General Manager for RMS’ models and data products, and prior to that he served as Group Executive of Global Client Development. He joined RMS in 1996, establishing the company’s European operations in the same year.

    Since 1992, Matthew has been a leading advocate for catastrophe modeling and risk assessment in the insurance and reinsurance industries. Before joining RMS, Matthew managed risk assessment and emergency planning for nuclear, chemical, and offshore industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Aberdeen.

  • Eric Yau

    General Manager, Software

    Eric is the senior executive for RMS software including RMS(one)® and RiskLink®. He is responsible for the development and rollout of RMS(one), including the product roadmap, go-to-market plan, and migration of clients from our existing software products.

    Eric brings more than 20 years of experience in software and technology to RMS from roles with established brands and start-ups. He joins RMS from BMC Software, where he was Senior Vice President of Solutions and Support.

    Prior to BMC, his roles included Vice President of Business Intelligence and Performance Management at IBM; General Manager of Business Intelligence at Cognos; Chief Executive Officer at Juice Software; and President at SAS Institute Canada.

    Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science/engineering from The University Of Waterloo in Canada.

  • Amelia Merrill

    Head of People and Talent

    Amelia Merrill serves as the head of people and talent, leading the development and implementation of the RMS global recruitment and retention strategy. Working in partnership with RMS business leaders, Merrill develops innovative sourcing and recruiting programs that enable RMS to attract and retain experienced and relevant talent from the insurance, risk management and technology communities. Prior to RMS, Amelia held head of talent management positions at Juniper Networks, WebMethods and VeriSign. She has more than 15 years experience in talent acquisition and retention including the creation, development and implementation of M&A and workforce reduction programs. Merrill holds a bachelor’s in agricultural business and management from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

  • Mohsen Rahnama

    General Manager, Models & Data

    Mohsen Rahnama is the senior executive for RMS’ models and data products, as well as the Chief Risk Modeling Officer. He leads a global team of scientists, engineers, and product managers responsible for the development and delivery of all RMS catastrophe models and data.

    During his 20 years at RMS, Mohsen has been the passionate and hands-on leader of the largest and most global team of catastrophe modeling professionals in the industry across over two dozens fields of study. He is the publisher of the RMS Horizons series of modeling papers, has authored numerous scientific publications, leads many research collaborations throughout the world, and is a frequent speaker at scientific and risk management industry events.

    He has 30 years of experience in structural engineering, catastrophe modeling, and risk assessment. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in earthquake and structural engineering from Stanford University.

  • Bobby Soni

    Head of Global Sales and Services

    Bobby leads global sales and client services for RMS. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s global client relationship management, including sales, account management, product delivery and adoption, and customer support. Previously, he served as RMS’ Chief Platform and Services Officer and was responsible for building the end-to-end cloud hosting and operations capability for RMS(one)®.

    Bobby joined RMS in 2011 from IBM where he served as Vice President of Industry and Cloud Business Solutions. His previous roles at IBM include Vice President and Global Solutions leader for the company’s global business services, and Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at Webify Solutions, acquired by IBM in 2006. Earlier in his career, Bobby was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at BearingPoint.

    Bobby holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Gujarat University and a master’s in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia.

  • Paul VanderMarck

    Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development

    Paul is responsible for corporate strategy and business development at RMS. Since joining RMS in 1992, Paul has played a key role in developing the company’s global catastrophe modeling product suite and advancing the state of practice for catastrophe risk management. In 2003, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute recognized Paul for his contributions to the field of earthquake risk mitigation and management with the Shah Family Innovation Award.

    Paul also serves as Chairman of the Board of Build Change, a non-profit social enterprise focused on improving construction practices in developing countries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in structural engineering from Stanford University.

Executive Team