• 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.

  • 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.

  • Cory Isaacson

    Chief Technology Officer

    Cory Isaacson is CTO of Risk Management Solutions. As CTO, he drives the delivery of the advanced, cloud-based RMS(one)® platform, leading the industry with innovative approaches to software management and advanced technology for the complex and unique challenges of risk modeling. 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 BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Mohsen Rahnama

    Senior Vice President, Model Development

    Mohsen Rahnama is senior vice president of model development at RMS. Mohsen leads a global team of scientists and engineers responsible for the creation of all components of RMS catastrophe models and associated exposure and data analytics, including hazard, vulnerability, uncertainty, and financial modeling for natural and human-made risks.

    During his 16 years at RMS, Mohsen has been involved with the development of many major models. He is currently involved with and oversees the development of RMS’ high-definition, simulation-based flood, earthquake, and typhoon . models for the RMS(one) platform.

    He has more than 25 years of experience in earthquake engineering, seismic structural analysis and design, building performance evaluation, catastrophe modeling, and risk assessment. He earned his MS, engineer’s degree, and PhD from Stanford University, specializing in earthquake and structural engineering

  • Matthew Grant

    Group Executive, Global Client Development

    Matthew is responsible for RMS’ worldwide sales, model product strategy, capital markets, emerging markets, and corporate marketing. Matthew founded the RMS European office in 1996, and has been a leading advocate for the use of catastrophe modeling and risk assessment within the insurance and reinsurance markets since 1992. Prior to joining RMS, Matthew was involved in risk assessment and emergency planning for the nuclear, chemical, and offshore industries. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering.

  • Paul VanderMarck

    Chief Products Officer

    Paul VanderMarck is chief products officer of RMS. Since joining RMS in 1992, he has played a central role in developing global catastrophe modeling capabilities at RMS as well as in advancing the practice of using modeling to manage catastrophe risk. In 2003, Paul was recognized by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute for his contributions to the field of earthquake risk mitigation and management with the Shah Family Innovation Award, and he serves as chairman of the board of Build Change, a non-profit social enterprise focused on improving construction practices in developing countries to reduce future earthquake casualties. Paul received a BS in civil engineering and an MS in structural engineering, both from Stanford University.

  • Eric Drattell

    Senior Vice President and General Counsel

    Eric Drattell is the senior vice president and general counsel of RMS, where he leads a global team of lawyers, as well as the compliance and regulatory 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 a partner in the Washington, D.C., offices of McDermott, Will & Emery. Eric received his BA from the University of Maryland, and his law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law.

Executive Team