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 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.

  • Peter Eidelman

    Chief Financial Officer

  • 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, internal 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

    General Manager, Models and Data Products

  • Eric Yau

    General Manager, Software

  • 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

    Head of Model Development

    Mohsen Rahnama is head 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.

  • Bobby Soni

    Head of Global Sales and Services

  • Paul VanderMarck

    Head of Coporate Strategy and Partner Development

Executive Team