Leadership

Hemant H. Shah

Hemant H. Shah

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RMS

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.

Eric Yau

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.

John Kapitan

John Kapitan

Head of Professional Services

John is Head of Professional Services. He has been a part of the RMS team since 2005 and has served as a leader of the RMS Consulting team, the Analytical Services team, and the Underwriting & Data Solutions business during this period. In his current role, John is responsible for growing RMS’ commercial success in key market segments through innovative solution design and delivery, partnering with the Product Business Units to create client solutions, and delivering on RMS Development Partner commitments

Michael Steel

Michael Steel

Global Head of Solutions

Michael leads the global Solutions business and is the regional head for the RMS Europe offices. He leads teams with deep knowledge of insurance and reinsurance risk management practices to define and deliver high-value solutions to clients.

Michael brings more than 25 years’ experience in risk and capital management gained in the insurance industry to RMS.  Prior to RMS, Michael was the Group Chief Risk Officer at AXIS Capital, following 12 years at Benfield (now Aon Benfield) where he had served as a Director with Benfield Ltd and Benfield Advisory, founder and Chairman of ReMetrics, Global Head of the Capital Markets Group, and Head of the Structured Products team. Before joining Benfield, Michael was Vice President at Instrat, Sedgwick Group’s Analytics and Structured Products team.

Michael is currently Chairman of the Geneva Association Chief Risk Officers’ Networks and was appointed director of the Casualty Actuarial Society from 2011 to 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Statistics and Mathematics from Brunel University.

Mohsen Rahnama, Ph.D.

Mohsen Rahnama, Ph.D.

General Manager, Models and 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.

Paul VanderMarck

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.

Peter L. Eidelman

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 Chief Financial Officer 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 Chief Financial Officer for Cellon International, Inc. and managed the successful initial public offering of Sunrise Telecom, Inc. during his tenure there as Chief Financial Officer 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.

Robert Muir-Wood

Robert Muir-Wood

Chief Research Officer

Robert works to enhance approaches to natural catastrophe modeling, identify models for new areas of risk, and explore expanded applications for catastrophe modeling. Recently, he has been focusing on identifying the potential locations and consequences of magnitude 9 earthquakes worldwide.

In 2012, as part of Mexico's presidency of the G20, he helped promote government usage of catastrophe models for managing national disaster risks. Robert has more than 20 years of experience developing probabilistic catastrophe models. He was lead author for the 2007 IPCC 4th Assessment Report and 2011 IPCC Special Report on Extremes, is a member of the Climate Risk and Insurance Working Group for the Geneva Association, and is vice-chair of the OECD panel on the Financial Consequences of Large Scale Catastrophes.

He is the author of six books, as well as numerous papers and articles in scientific and industry publications. He holds a degree in natural sciences and a PhD in Earth sciences, both from Cambridge University.