26 February 2020

View From the Nest: Welcoming Courtney Lynn and Brett Klein

It’s our pleasure to welcome two new underwriters to the flock: VP of Cyber Underwriting Courtney Lynn and Senior Underwriter Brett Klein, who bring a combined 18 years of insurance experience to our teams in the Northeast.

It’s our pleasure to welcome two new underwriters to the flock: VP of Cyber Underwriting Courtney Lynn and Senior Underwriter Brett Klein, who bring a combined 18 years of insurance experience to our teams in the Northeast.

Living with her husband and children in a Brooklyn house divided by Yankees and Mets fandom, Courtney is the new Corvid on the block in our growing New York City office. After starting her career at The Hartford in New York as a D&O underwriter, she eventually made the jump to start a book of cyber/tech business at Nationwide. Since then, she’s continued to build her expertise in the cyber/E&O underwriting practice at Brit USA.

Brett and his family share a love for sports (he was named after Brett Favre, in fact) but it’s the NHL’s New York Rangers that hold a place in his heart. After graduating from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, Brett went straight into Cyber and Tech E&O underwriting and has spent the past four years at Chubb specializing in accounts under $100M in revenue.

When asked ‘why did you decide to join Corvus?’, the pair both reflected on interests to work in an exciting and ever-evolving environment. Says Brett:

The InsurTech world as a whole is incredibly exciting. People don’t realize that cyber is still relatively new and what Corvus does to integrate insurance and technology is really what sets it apart and I knew I had to be a part of it.

In addition to being attracted to the innovation at Corvus, Courtney pointed out she was “drawn to a culture of listening and Corvus’ ability to be nimble in the marketplace.”

Their insurance backgrounds will be an asset for our team, and perhaps even more exciting are their visions for the future. Lynn is focused on helping the Corvus team build sustainable national broker relationships, which she cites as the key for continued growth and success. Klein describes his Senior Underwriter role as “an incredible opportunity” to help educate agents and brokers. He notes that Cyber risk is still relatively misunderstood, and thinks helping agents/brokers sell cyber to first-time cyber buyers is a thrill.

Phil Edmundson, Corvus Founder and CEO, commented on the new additions to the underwriting team and the intersection of technology with the field: 

The technology we create at Corvus makes for a more rewarding career environment for underwriters. With small accounts automated and responded to immediately through our CrowBar, talented underwriters are able to focus attention on larger, more complex deals while serving their brokers’ entire portfolios of accounts.

We in the Corvus Flock are lucky to have these two, and many other driven individuals, aboard, helping to bolster our efforts in 2020!

Interested in speaking with Brett, Courtney, or one of the other underwriters at Corvus? We’d love to get in touch. Contact us here.

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Mike Karbassi

Mike Karbassi is Vice President and Head of Cyber Underwriting at Corvus. He specializes in Network Security, Privacy Liability, Technology E&O, Media Liability, and Miscellaneous Professional Liability. Karbassi has over a decade of experience in insurance and is a graduate of the Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Gerritt Graham

Gerritt is the Chief Commercial Officer at Corvus. He has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, primarily focused on technology and data solutions for the financial services industry.

James McElhiney

James co-founded Corvus and is the company’s Chief Technology Officer. A 30+ year technology veteran, Jaimie most recently served as CTO of Iora Health and previously co-founded Gazelle.

Mike Lloyd

Mike Lloyd is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Corvus Insurance. Previously, Mike co-founded Poncho, a personal lines agency InsurTech startup, and was a venture investor at FJ Labs. Mike has an MBA from Harvard Business School and engineering degrees from Virginia Military Institute and MIT.

Phil Edmundson

Phil is the founder and CEO of Corvus. A 30+ year insurance veteran, Phil co-founded broker William Gallagher Associates (acquired by Arthur J Gallagher in 2015) and was an active leader in both the Worldwide Broker Network and Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. Phil is the Managing Partner of Edmus Ventures where he invests in InsurTech companies including Verifly, Wellthie, Agentero, and Cover Wallet, and serves on the board of Cover Wallet.

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