Leadership

Karen White

Karen White

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Moe Khosravy

Moe Khosravy

Executive Vice President, Software and Platform

Moe Khosravy is the EVP of Software 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 & 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 & 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.

Mohsen Rahnama, Ph.D.

Mohsen Rahnama, Ph.D.

Chief Risk Modeling Officer and Executive Vice President, 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.

Neil Isford

Neil Isford

Executive Vice President, Sales and Client Development

Neil Isford is the EVP of Sales and Client Development, overseeing RMS global sales, professional services, solutions and customer success organizations.

Neil is a seasoned veteran of the technology industry with deep relationships throughout the global enterprise community. Over his career, Neil has been drawn to bringing innovation and technology transformations to key global industries. Most recently, Neil served as Worldwide General Manager, Watson Financial Services Solutions at IBM. There he led sales and customer success for a global organization delivering double digit revenue growth from a portfolio of new AI and analytics-based industry platform solutions in the areas of financial risk, financial crimes, regulatory compliance & governance, payments, and customer insight.

Neil began his career at IBM Canada, before moving to the United States in 1994. Starting in 1997, he has held a number of executive positions including running e-business services for IBM Global Services as the internet was emerging as a commerce platform. He grew revenue from $150M to $830M in just two years. Neil’s next role was President and CEO of Plural, a professional services company bringing innovation to the banking and financial markets. Plural was acquired by Dell, and Neil stayed on to lead Professional Services for Dell Americas. Returning to IBM in 2004, Neil held positions as VP of Worldwide Business Partner Sales for a $5B software business, VP of Software for Asia Pacific, and VP of Worldwide Sales for Information Management and Analytics, a $7B software business. Over the last decade, Neil has played a key role in leading a number of IBM’s industry solutions go-to-market initiatives where data, analytics, and cognitive technologies have been applied to address emerging industry requirements. Over his tenure, Neil was the executive sponsor for numerous global 1000 companies including Chubb, HSBC, and Brown Brothers Harriman, where he helped them leverage advanced technologies to achieve their desired business outcomes.

Neil was born and raised in Toronto and holds his degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario.

Reed Birnbaum

Reed Birnbaum

Chief Financial Officer

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, 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.

Robert Muir-Wood, Ph.D.

Robert Muir-Wood, Ph.D.

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.