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.

Amelia Merrill

Amelia Merrill

Head of People and Talent

Amelia leads the global recruitment and retention strategy for RMS, working in partnership with company business leaders to attract and retain top talent from the insurance, risk management, and technology communities.

Amelia joined RMS in 2010 as Senior Director, Talent Acquisition, before being promoted in 2012 to Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Employee Engagement. In 2015, she was promoted to Head of People Strategy and named to the company’s executive leadership team.

Prior to joining RMS, Amelia held senior talent management positions at Juniper Networks, WebMethods, and VeriSign. She has more than 15 years of experience in talent acquisition and retention, including mergers and acquisitions and workforce reduction programs.

Bobby Soni

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.

Cory Isaacson

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.

Eric Drattell

Eric Drattell

General Counsel and Corporate Affairs

Eric leads the global team of RMS lawyers, in addition to the compliance, regulatory affairs, 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.

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

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.