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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.

Michael Steel
Michael Steel

General Manager

Michael Steel

Michael Steel is General Manager 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.

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, Product

Cihan Biyikoglu

Cihan Biyikoglu is the Executive Vice President, 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.

Alok Kumar
Alok Kumar

Managing Director India and Head of Global Analytical Services

Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Global Head of Analytical Services and Managing Director, India. As Head of Analytical Services, Alok leads a team of more than 400 analytics professionals working in tandem with our clients’ in-house analytics teams, and utilizing the very latest RMS risk models and technology platform, to provide services such as data engineering, hazard and risk hot spot identification, accumulation management, and portfolio optimization. As Managing Director for India, Alok oversees business operations for RMS in India with almost 600 employees, providing overall leadership and strategic direction for the business units and functional teams focused on analytics, risk models and software development.

Alok has over two decades of global experience in the (re)insurance industry and extensive expertise across the spectrum of risk modeling, underwriting, analytics, risk management and governance. He also has a deep understanding of RMS clients, in terms of their operations, as well as the issues they face.

Prior to RMS, Alok was the Managing Director and Head of Group Risks & Analytics at Swiss Re, with responsibility for risk quantification and solvency assessment. During his nearly 20 years at Swiss Re, Alok also held the role of Managing Director and Head of Swiss Re Bangalore. Alok has a Civil Engineering degree from IIT Roorkee, and a master’s degree from Texas Tech University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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.

Mitch Parker
Mitch Parker

Global Head of Customer Success​

Mitch Parker

Mitch Parker is the Global Head of Customer Success at RMS, leading the teams that help customers get the most from their investment in RMS solutions. Mitch brings over 25 years of software, SaaS, and cloud experience with a breadth of functional leadership experiences.​

Mitch worked at Accenture and Innovex Group as a consultant prior to a 15-year career at Citrix, where he led several different functions, including Consulting, Technical Services, Channel Programs and Sales Operations. At Citrix, he also served as VP and General Manager of the Cloud Services product group, leading Citrix’s transformation of its cloud-based enterprise offerings and go-to-market strategy. Mitch is a technologist, as well, founding his own startup and leading the Product and Services function of a cloud-based security and web performance startup.​

Mitch serves on the Board of Directors and volunteers with Launch Leadership. He received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.​

Jill Powell
Jill Powell

Global Head of People

Jill Powell

As Global Head of People at RMS, Jill Powell is responsible for all HR functions, including talent planning and development, recruiting, employee engagement and relations, performance management, organization chartering, and championing the company’s culture and values. Jill has over 25 years of Human Resources experience in global organizations in the banking, finance, and technology sectors. Jill has been with RMS over two years, initially as the People Lead for EMEA but then taking on broader global responsibilities and being appointed to the Global Lead role in June 2022.

Prior to joining RMS, Jill was Regional Head of HR for 14 years at Fidessa, a firm that developed an equity trading platform for the investment banking sector. Jill then spent two years with ION Group which acquired Fidessa, during which time, in addition to leading various integration activities, Jill had responsibility for over 2,500 employees across Europe.

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.

Doug Solomon
Doug Solomon

Chief Legal Officer

Doug Solomon

Doug joined RMS in June 2020 as Chief Legal Officer. Doug brings more than a 25-year track record of success to his role. Prior to his role at RMS, Doug spent 10 years as General Counsel and Secretary at NetSuite Inc., helping to take the company through IPO and to scale it through dramatic growth – with annual revenue growing 16x to over $1 billion. At NetSuite, Doug built a world-class, business centric, and award-winning legal department from the ground up. Doug also led corporate development activities at NetSuite completing 18 acquisitions, and ultimately, working with the independent committee of the board of directors to complete the sale of the company to Oracle for approximately $10 billion. The sale to Oracle was, at that time, the largest pure-play SaaS acquisition and third largest enterprise software acquisition ever.

Prior to NetSuite, Doug held various leadership positions at publicly traded software, technology companies and also practiced at two leading law firms. Prior to entering private practice, Doug served as a judicial law clerk in the Central District of California.

Doug is a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, and the University of Michigan with a BA in Economics, with highest distinction. In the past few years, Doug has taken a Stanford Continuing Studies course on AI and Neural Networks, and completed a year long program at Carnegie Mellon University, which earned him a designation of Certified Cybersecurity Leader. 

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