14 April 2020

View From the Nest: Welcoming Lauren Winchester, Peter Hannapel, and Maggie DePaul

Corvus is delighted to welcome three new Corvids to our still-growing Flock: VP of Smart Breach Response Lauren Winchester (Philadelphia), VP of Cyber Underwriting Peter Hannapel (Atlanta), and Senior Underwriter Maggie DePaul (New York).

Corvus is delighted to welcome three new Corvids to our still-growing Flock: VP of Smart Breach Response Lauren Winchester (Philadelphia), VP of Cyber Underwriting Peter Hannapel (Atlanta), and Senior Underwriter Maggie DePaul (New York). 

A privacy lawyer by background, Lauren brings her years of experience in Breach Response to the helm of our Smart Breach Response Team. Lauren was most recently on the Breach Response team at Beazley. When asked about what excited her about the idea of planting the Corvus flag in Philadelphia, Winchester notes that while her experience has been in leading thousands of companies through the post-breach journey, she’s deeply motivated to help organizations “avoid breaches in the first place.” She added:

With Corvus’ Dynamic Loss Prevention reports and risk management services being offered at the outset of our relationship with a company, we can help them harden their systems against known threats. And with additional scans throughout the year, our insureds will be better positioned to mitigate risks over time. That said, with my incident response background, I’ll be here as a resource for our insureds when incidents do arise!

Just 2 months ago, before the national shift to remote workforces, experts like Lauren were looking at breach trends and protocols much differently. In the COVID-19 era, she sees challenges ahead, particularly for organizations that have made the move to fully remote workforces. “Threat actors are well aware of the risks of moving an entire workforce online in a short amount of time and are seeking to exploit vulnerabilities. Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) firms are seeing an increase in ransomware attacks, even with the unprecedented number of attacks in 2019.”

Here to help us provide coverage to those looking for coverage in this new cyber risk environment, Peter Hannapel and Maggie DePaul are two welcome additions to our nationwide team of cyber underwriters. 

Peter spent the past eight years at Hiscox, leading their Cyber and Tech team in the Southeast for the last 3. With nearly a decade of experience underwriting cyber policies, he understands the broker’s value in educating insureds who still might not fully understand the value of a cyber policy. He says that it’s Corvus’s “broker-centric solutions” and “tangible energy” that excited him when deciding to come work with a company like Corvus. We’re excited to have Peter underwriting in our Atlanta nest alongside VP of Cyber Underwriting, Joel Fehrman.

Up north in the Big Apple, Maggie DePaul becomes the fifth Corvid in NYC to join the Flock. Maggie will be focusing her attention on retail accounts in the Northeast after spending 3 years working on national accounts with Zurich. Her inspiration to join the Flock comes from a feeling that has been shared by many other underwriters at Corvus:

I found it frustrating that with all the technology and data available to us, so much of underwriting was still very manual and time consuming. To look at a company like Corvus that applies technology and data in such a way that allows us to do our jobs more efficiently, better assist our brokers, and simultaneously protect our clients…it was really a no brainer.

We’re thrilled to welcome these three to our Flock of now more than 60 Corvids and are confident that each of them will make an impact helping brokers and policyholders better understand, mitigate, and cover their risk with Smart Commercial Insurance® products. 

Interested in speaking with Lauren, Peter, Maggie or one of the other underwriters at Corvus? We’d love to get in touch. Contact us at flock@corvusinsurance.com

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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