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Meet the RMS Leadership Team

Each member of our executive team adds a unique perspective and proven experience to help us deliver high-resolution risk insights to industries affected by the uncertainty of natural and man-made catastrophes. Together, they foster a company culture dedicated to making a difference.

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Karen White

Chief Executive Officer

Karen White

Karen White is the Chief Executive Officer for RMS. She is an accomplished leader in the technology industry, with a 25-year track record of leading, innovating, and scaling global technology businesses. Karen is an expert at bringing technology, innovation, data, and operations together to help drive digital transformation.

Karen started her career in Silicon Valley in 1993 as a senior executive at Oracle reporting to CEO Larry Ellison. Her global responsibilities included business development during a time of massive transformation in the computer industry. During her seven years at Oracle, the company’s revenue grew to $10 billion, profits increased nearly 65x, and the market valuation grew to more than $150 billion. Most recently, Karen was President and COO at Addepar, a leading fintech company serving the investment management industry with data and analytics solutions that are replacing decades old legacy systems with leading-edge tech. Addepar’s SaaS platform now supports $800 billion in total assets, and it counts some of the world’s leading global financial services firms as customers and partners. Prior to Addepar, Karen was CEO and Chairman of the Board at Syncplicity, a leading enterprise file sync and management SaaS business aimed at enterprises as well as the mid-market. She led the company from first product launch to 30,000 customers, culminating in the acquisition of Syncplicity by EMC in 2012. Previously, Karen led worldwide corporate and business development at SolarWinds, a top IT and network management software company whose customers included the Fortune 500. The company was listed on the Nasdaq with a successful IPO in 2009, valuing the business at nearly $1 billion.

Karen is currently on the Board of Directors at Varo Money, a mobile banking fintech that seeks to be the first fintech national bank in American history and has applied for a national bank charter.

Reed Birnbaum
Reed Birnbaum

Chief Financial Officer

Reed Birnbaum

Reed was appointed as Chief Financial Officer at RMS in 2018, having previously served as the company’s Senior Vice President, Finance and Analytics. Reed brings more than 20 years of finance experience across private and public companies to RMS. Prior to joining RMS, Reed was Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller of Intermolecular, where he was responsible for corporate, field, and global finance and accounting functions.

Prior to Intermolecular, Reed held positions in finance and accounting at Better Place, BigBand Networks, Cellon, and Exodus and started his career in public accounting at KPMG LLP, where he earned his license as a certified public accountant.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State University in Fresno.

Cihan Biyikoglu
Cihan Biyikoglu

Executive Vice President of Product

Cihan Biyikoglu

Cihan Biyikoglu is the Executive Vice President of Product for RMS, responsible for product management across the full suite of RMS models and risk management tools. He has extensive experience of leading product management for innovative machine learning and big data analytics solutions at Fortune 500 companies over the last 20 years. As a former Vice President of Product at Databricks and Redis Labs, Cihan both developed the product strategy and road map for open-source technologies such as Apache Spark and Redis and respective enterprise offerings in the public and private cloud platforms.

Cihan also worked on products at Microsoft, Couchbase, and Twitter, where he focused on on-premises and cloud offerings in the data and analytics space. At Microsoft, Cihan focused on the incubation of the Azure Cloud Platform in its early days and the SQL Server product line, both of which have grown to multi-billion-dollar businesses for Microsoft.

Cihan holds a number of patents in the data management and analytics space, and he has a master’s degree in database systems and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering.

Moe Khosravy
Moe Khosravy

Executive Vice President, Software and Platform

Moe Khosravy

Moe Khosravy is the EVP of Software and Platform at RMS. He brings 20 years of software experience on products and platforms differentiated by data and applied machine learning.

Most recently, Moe was VP of Software at HP Inc., supporting hundreds of millions of connected devices and clients including platforms for big data, computer vision, and applied ML for the 2D and 3D printing businesses. Prior to HP, Moe was Head of Applications and SDKs at Intel, focused on building experiences differentiated by AI, NLP, and rich sensor technologies. Moe also brings experience from VMware as VP of Mobile and Cloud Data, from Microsoft with leadership roles across Cloud, Search, Windows, Server and Tools, and from Vital Images as an Architect in the advanced technologies group focused on CT/MR software solutions.

Moe has over 90 software patents pending or granted in the realm of distributed systems, AI, vision, and data platforms. He serves on the Board of Directors for Equbot, the first ETF built on machine learning, as well as on the Board of Directors for Delta v, MIT’s flagship startup accelerator.

Moe received his MBA from MIT and studied neuroscience/computer science at the University of Minnesota.

Marilyn Mersereau
Marilyn Mersereau

Chief Marketing Officer

Marilyn Mersereau

Marilyn Mersereau brings more than 25 years of global marketing team leadership to her role as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to her current position with RMS, Marilyn was Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Plantronics. Before that, she was Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Cisco Systems, where she was a driving force behind the global brand transformation that repositioned the company with the "Welcome to the Human Network" campaign. Marilyn and her team also successfully launched the unified communications product set featuring TelePresence, Webex, and Cisco’s telephony lineup.

She has held various senior marketing roles at IBM, including Vice President of Integrated Marketing Communications, Vice President of Worldwide Advertising, and Vice President of Marketing, Canada. During her tenure at IBM, Marilyn won three Gold Effie Awards in the Advertising and Campaign Effectiveness categories. She was also recognized by the Americas Marketing Organization for improving IBM's lead management process as well as for the overall integration and effectiveness of IBM's marketing campaigns.

Robert Muir-Wood
Robert Muir-Wood, PhD

Chief Research Officer

Robert Muir-Wood, PhD

Robert Muir-Wood is the Chief Research Officer at RMS. He 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.

Mohsen Rahnama
Mohsen Rahnama, PhD

Chief Risk Modeling Officer and Executive Vice President, Models and Data

Mohsen Rahnama, PhD

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 dozen 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.

Michael Steel
Michael Steel

Global Head of Business Development

Michael Steel

Michael Steel is Global Head of Business Development at RMS. Michael joined RMS in 2016 to bring innovations in modeling and technology to solve the key risk management challenges faced by insurers. He has more than 30 years’ experience in risk and capital management gained in the insurance industry. Prior to RMS, Michael was the Group Chief Risk Officer at AXIS Capital, following a career in reinsurance broking, including 12 years at Benfield (now Aon Benfield) where he led the ReMetrics team in addition to leading teams in the development of innovative solutions in the reinsurance and capital markets.

In addition to his role with RMS, Michael serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Allianz Re Dublin dac. Michael previously served as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Berkshire Hathaway’s international business, as an Appointed Director on the Casualty Actuarial Society, and as Chairman of the Geneva Association’s CRO Network. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in statistics and mathematics from Brunel University.

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