Team

Neeraja Rasmussen, Founder and CEO

Neeraja founded Spyglaz because she saw a significant opportunity in the multi-trillion insurance and asset management industries, which have high customer acquisition costs but are poorly served in terms of actionable customer retention solutions. Before founding Spyglaz, she spent 20+ years managing customer retention/acquisition programs for financial services and technology companies such as Franklin Templeton Investments, Intuit, and JPMorgan Chase. She has 10+ years of experience building global teams from the ground up, with hands-on experience developing customer-focused programs for both Fortune 500 and SMB companies. She’s an active advocate/speaker for building diverse ecosystems that recognize the value delivered by women and minority entrepreneurs.

Rohan Kurane, Chief Technology Officer

Rohan brings more than 10+ years of software engineering experience to Spyglaz, with former roles at IBM and multiple Silicon Valley startups, most recently at CryptoMove. As a Founding Engineer, he saw CryptoMove through two rounds of funding from Seed through Series A. He has led solution architecture and delivery for high profile Federal government customers, solutions that ranged from securing data on flying drones to integrating CryptoMove software into a Kubernetes environment.

Dr. David Keyes

David has played a critical role in defining the data science architecture of the Spyglaz solution and continues to support strategic direction of the future product roadmap. He is a mathematician (Ph.D.), data scientist and product manager with more than 10 years’ experience in data/product roles at leading Silicon Valley tech companies such as IXL Learning.

Pierre McLean, Head of Global Sales Strategy

Pierre is a senior sales leader with over 35 years of business development experience. Most recently, he served in a leadership role at The Desjardins Group, the largest federation of credit unions in North America. From 1999 to 2013, he was Head of National Sales, Canada, for global asset management firm Franklin Templeton. During his tenure, he successfully repositioned the firm in the Canadian marketplace, and took Templeton Management, Ltd, from assets concentrated in two products, to Franklin Templeton Investments, a broader provider of investment solutions with a diversified asset base. Pierre also brings decades of experience in repositioning sales efforts, shortening sales cycles, and executing to improve the bottom line.

Advisors

Thomas M. Buckingham, MAAA, FSA, Chief Growth Officer, Nassau Financial Group

Tom is responsible for developing and executing Nassau’s sales strategy for its insurance business, including all product development, distribution channels, marketing, branding, and leveraging digital tools to enable quick, easy and simple sales.

He joined the company as an actuarial assistant in 1999 and served in increasingly senior corporate, product development and operational positions. He also has worked in strategic development, as chief of staff to the CEO and as chief operating officer. Tom was named to his current role in 2021.

Doug French, Partner, Insurex

Doug French is a senior consultant with over 35 years of experience as a client advisor, including all aspects of the insurance value chain. From 1999 to 2020, French built and ran Ernst & Young’s (EY) Actuarial Practice within the United States. During his tenure, EY’s practice grew to be the largest of the “Big Four” accounting firms. Currently, Doug serves as the Chief Actuary of Genomic Life, a genomics as a program company. In addition, he serves as a Director of the Bermuda run-off reinsurer, Fortitude Re and is a Partner of Insurex which is a network of thought leaders who serve as advisors to insurance and other financial services CEOs and Boards. French is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Sanjay Baskaran, FinTech Executive & Technology Investor

Sanjay Baskaran currently serves as an advisor to PE firms in fintech & data services. He has 20+ years’ experience scaling, growing & digitally transforming companies using cloud, AI, ML and other digital tools. His prior FinTech leadership roles include CEO of One Technologies, President of TaxAct, and General Manager of Amazon Cards. Early in his career he served as Visa’s head of analytics for North America and spent a decade at HSBC in various product, marketing & risk management roles. He is an avid technology investor and sits on the advisory board of The Broad College of Business Michigan State University.

Dr. Jay Vadiveloo, Director, Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research

Dr. Jay currently heads up the Goldenson Center, a leading think tank at the University of Connecticut. He has over 25 years in leadership roles at Connecticut Mutual, Mass Mutual, Aetna Financial Services, ING, Deloitte Consulting and Towers Watson. He is a respected academic and thought leader in the insurance industry, with published papers on effective applications of artificial intelligence in actuarial science.

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Euan King, Chief Business Officer, Sapiens

Euan is an insurance software and services leader with over 35 years industry experience. He has held leadership roles in global organizations on both sides of the Atlantic, including IBM, Huon Corporation, the Innovation Group, and Instanda. He is currently Chief Business Officer, North America for Sapiens Technologies, an insurance-focused global software solutions provider.