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Chief Data & Analytics Officer,
Insurance Think Tanks

Leveraging Data and AI to Enter a New Age of Insurance
December 2, 2021


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CDAO Insurance Think Tanks are a fully virtual and immersive experience designed for senior data analytics executives across all Insurance verticals in the USA. Following on from the success of last year’s Think Tank format, this event is built to allow for conversational idea and experience sharing amongst your peers – in the comfort of your own home office!

The Think Tank format will promote a “face-to-face” networking environment, providing opportunities for deep diving discussions and conversations that really get to the heart of the subject. Topic points will include: Data Governance, Predictive Analytics, Digital Ecosystems, AI and Omnichannel Customer Engagement.


WHY CDAO Insurance Think Tanks 2021?


Small Group Setting

This is an intimate setting where genuine connections are made. You will find yourself in small breakout groups with 10 - 15 of your peers, rather than lost in the shuffle of hundreds.


Senior Level Executives

All participants will be director-level and above from large-sized companies.

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Discussion Based Sessions

Sessions are designed to spark conversations and collaboration amongst your peers. Discuss challenges and solutions whilst networking with the top leaders of the industry.

For a True Peer-to- Peer Experience, this event has been Curated Exclusively for Senior Level Executives


CDAO Insurance Think Tanks will be bringing together senior executives from the data and analytics world on December 2, 2021.

This application-only event guarantees that the conversations taking place will be enriching and productive. Additionally, it will give attendees the unique opportunity to dive deep into the specific hurdles faced by those in the insurance industry. CDAO Insurance Think Tank will allow qualified attendees the opportunity to make long-lasting connections with their true peers.



Mark Marshalek
Head of Data Governance
Farmers New World Life Insurance


AXA Equitable

Joe Vellaiparambil
 Chief Data Officer
AXA Equitable




Adam Fox
Head of Data


Arun Shastry
VP, Data Analytics
Berkshire Hathaway


Hemant Todi
VP, Data Analytics & Insights
Delta Dental


Accelerant Holdings

Heather Wentworth
Chief Data Officer
Accelerant Holdings



Eugene Wen
VP Group Advanced Analytics
Manulife Financial

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CUNA Mutual

Jennifer Norr
VP Consumer Data
CUNA Mutual

Senior Executives from the Largest Insurers in Attendance:


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Hear What Attendees Had to Say:

  • "As in every edition, the CDAO event it is the perfect place to discuss and share experiences with peers from different countries and industries. This year, even in virtual format, the experience was also very positive. The high-quality platform and live production provided of multiple options to interact with colleagues."

    Xavier Valero Gonzalez, Head of Big Data & AI, NDT Global

  • "I gained helpful insights. Hearing from other data leaders on real world topics is very compelling."

    Chad Boggan, Chief, Data Strategy Section, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

  • "As always, Corinium not only brings great speakers and engaging presentations but also manages to overcome the isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic to bring top minds together online and keeps the audience and presenters connected."

    Anthony Rivera, VP, Claims Vendor Management, Sompo International



12:30 - 1:15pm (EST)

Panel Discussion - Data Governance and Quality in Insurance: Where are We and What More Needs to be Done?

  • Data Ownership in Insurance – What does this mean for a business?
  • What is the cost of Data Quality?
  • Rethinking Data Architecture – how far have we come in beating fragmented systems and data silos?
  • Consistency and standardization of recording data in a complex environment

Arun Shastry, VP Data Analytics, Berkshire Hathaway

Vijay Venkatesan, Chief Analytics Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

Sears Merritt, Head of Data and Technology, Mass Mutual

Mark Marshalek, Head of Data Governance, Farmers New World Life Insurance

1:15 - 1:45pm (EST)

Keynote: Intelligent Data Management and Data Governance Powered by AI/ML

  • How has data management and governance changed over the years and what lies ahead in today’s “Digital” and “Data” driven insurance industry?
  • Top data challenges impacting Insurance providers that require a modern and intelligent approach for success
  • What role does Artificial Intelligence (AI) have in data management and data governance and how is it being applied in the real-world?

Peter Ku, VP & Chief Industry Strategist – Financial Services, Informatica

1:50 - 3:30pm (EST)

Think Tank Group Discussion - Looking to the Future and Beyond: A Brave New World of Data and AI in Insurance

Participants will take part in an interactive group discussion between 12-15 peers. Each discussion will be facilitated by a moderator and will include 2-3 contributors, although all participants are expected & encouraged to share their experiences, challenges, and opinions with the group. There will be a 10-minute comfort break at 2.30pm.

The State of Data Management and Data Governance in the Insurance Industry– What’s working? What’s changed? What needs to improve? 

  • Existing challenges/gaps in data governance and data management in today’s enterprise?
  • Is the value of your data being measured? If so, what are you measuring? How is it being used? Do people believe it?
  • Given the importance of protecting sensitive data these days, what’s working vs not?
  • Automating data governance and management with AI/ML? Is it beneficial? Do you see a need for it?
  • Given the ongoing growth in cloud computing, how are you adjusting to ensure those investments deliver business value from a data perspective?


Developing a Data-Led Culture and Process that Fosters Innovation across the Enterprise

  • Creating and promoting a data-centric company culture that values data as an asset
  • Identifying how to extract value in the near-term and get business buy-in for future projects
  • Workforce dynamics – to what extent should business acumen and data science be combined when hiring new talent?
  • Automated Insurance – Tackling the three pain points of Engagement, Price and Loyalty
  • Omnichannel routes of engagement – how AI and Data can streamline customer interaction
  • How do you test and develop models to effectively formalise, structure and scale across the business?

Eugene Wen, VP Group Advanced Analytics, Manulife Financial

Allen Thompson, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Hanover Insurance

Joe Vellaiparambil, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, AXA Equitable Life Insurance

Heather Wentworth, Chief Data Officer, Accelerant Holdings

Vijay Venkatesan, Chief Analytics Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

Arun Shastry, VP Data Analytics, Berkshire Hathaway

Adam Fox, Head of Data, Mass Mutual

Hemant Todi, VP Data Analytics & Insights, Delta Dental

Mark Marshalek, Head of Data Governance, Farmers New World Life Insurance

Thomas Fletcher, VP, Data Analytics, Partner Re

Raja Chakarvorty, Chief Data Scientist, Protective Life

Jennifer Norr, VP, Consumer Data, CUNA Mutual



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Complete the form to join us for lively discussions and networking with fellow senior data and analytics executives.  All registrations are subject to review, and you will be notified of your pass status within 48 hours.

Application criteria include:

Seniority: Senior Level, Director and above Data & Analytics Leaders
Company Size: 1,000+ employees

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, available speaking sessions, and special offers get in touch with us today by emailing: inquiries@coriniumintel.com

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This isn’t just another boring one-way webinar! We pride ourselves on providing the most interactive virtual event possible so attendees learn more, have better conversations, and connect with more peers, than by just watching presentations.

We know people are craving meaningful discussion with peers, so our unique “think tanks” make up the bulk of the afternoon. These are intimate ‘self-help style’ groups of 10-15 data analytics strategy leaders, hosted on Zoom. Each interactive group discussion has a moderator and 2-3 contributors to help kick the conversation off, with pre-confirmed participants also contributing their thoughts to the conversation, so everyone benefits from the collective wisdom of all.

CDAO Insurance Think Tank will be hosted on Zoom meaning you will need to have access to the internet. Either connect through the Zoom app or through a web browser such as Chrome, Safari, Edge, or Internet Explorer.


Given the highly interactive nature of the Think Tank, and the fact they are held under Chatham House rules, these sessions are not recorded or made available to watch back. Then opening panel discussion and keynote session will be available on-demand post event.

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