Saroj Mohanty (Monty)
Managing Partner, Principal Consultant
Monty brings over 30 years of experience as a Senior IT and operations executive with demonstrated leadership experience including 13 years as CIO at Fortune 500 companies and 13 years of consulting experience. He has strong experience in insurance, financial services, marketing services and consulting companies. Managed through periods of rapid change in Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial environments, both in high-growth and turnaround situations. He’s an effective strategic leader and change agent, who thrives on identifying and orchestrating innovative solutions to complex business challenges. Particular expertise and experience in program management of Guidewire InsuranceSuite, implementations, program management of business transformation initiatives and aligning problematic and underperforming operations and IT organizations.
Managing Partner, Principal Consultant
Joel brings over 20 years of diverse information technology experience, including CIO and senior executive level positions for top financial, transportation and insurance providers. He has effectively managed enterprise systems conversion projects, web portal integration, operation planning and budgeting and offshore developer resources. Joel's strategic vision and ability to manage the design, implementation and execution of mission-critical systems was recognized in 2010 by CIO magazine and he was awarded the CIO 100 Award for Sustainable Innovation. He is a dynamic leader able to balance strategic initiatives across business lines while achieving business results.
Managing Director, Principal Consultant
Victor brings over 25 years of combined executive management and leadership experience in both the Management Consulting and ITO/BPO services markets across several sectors including Insurance, Financial Services, HealthCare, Manufacturing, Automotive and Telecom & Media. He has demonstrated experience in building and executing strategic growth programs. He has a strong network of relationships in the consulting and outsourcing industry and a track record of success building and running technology practices (project management, software development, quality assurance), channel sales and marketing programs. He is skilled at working in a complex global environment to bring together people and solutions under one strategy to accomplish sales and delivery objectives.
Managing Partner, Latin America (LATAM)
Luiz brings over 25 years of experience as a Senior IT, operations and M&A executive across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East. With demonstrated leadership experience including 14 years as CIO at Fortune 100 companies and 11 years of consulting experience, Telecommunications, Oil&Gas, Manufacturing and Government. He has strong experience in insurance, financial services, Oil&Gas services, telecom, manufacturing and management consulting services. Managed through periods of rapid change in Fortune 100 and entrepreneurial environments, both in high-growth and turnaround situations. Luiz is fluent in 5 different languages and conversant in another 2, so he brings a true global view of customer service, project and program management, innovation, transformation, agile development, share services and BPO. Particular expertise and experience in program management of Guidewire Claims Suite implementations, program management of business transformation initiatives and aligning problematic and underperforming operations and IT organizations.
Managing Director - Guidewire Architect
John brings 25+ years of Information Technology experience, including nine years at Guidewire Software leading multiple successful implementations and upgrades, as well as managing the Guidewire InsuranceSuiteTM 8.0 Early Upgrade Program. John’s leadership led to the first-ever – Guidewire InsuranceSuite Upgrade into a Production environment.
With his extensive Guidewire leadership and experience, John has been privileged to speak multiple times on the topic of Guidewire Upgrades at Guidewire’s Annual User Conference (Connections).
John holds an MBA from Alaska Pacific University, and leads Blackcomb’s Guidewire Upgrade practice, and participates as one of Blackcomb’s key Guidewire Architects.
Change Management Practice Director
Tammy Tatro brings 18 years of experience in Property and Casualty Insurance, specializing in leading companies through major transformations. She is a certified Business Process Management Professional, specializing in aligning business operations with company strategy. She has an extensive background in the areas of insurance operations, project management, and IT governance and business support.
Tammy has assisted companies with multi-system replacement projects by focusing on the impact of organizational change and assuring readiness of the staff. Managing communication, business process redesign, job impact analysis, and training are the key to her success. Her experience with features of Guidewire, Image Right, OnBase, and Thunderhead aids organizations in gaining the highest return on investment by implementing and realizing significant efficiencies in work processes.
In recent years, her accomplishments were featured in ITA Pro magazine and she has been a speaker at Guidewire Connections conference in 2014 and 2015.
Brian brings over 25 years of information technology experience in multiple verticals which include P&C insurance, government, transportation, and manufacturing. His experience at several P&C carriers includes the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) with extensive experience reporting to Board of Directors and Executive Leadership teams. Brian’s very broad senior leadership responsibilities also range from enterprise architecture, infrastructure, core product selection and implementation, web portal development, and leveraging cloud computing. He excels at leading insurance carriers in finding and leveraging new technologies to enable business growth and streamline back office operations.
Francois brings over 20 years of information technology experience in leading complex application architecture design and development within P&C insurance carriers. His experience at several P&C carriers working within the Guidewire arena as a principal Guidewire architect to some of the world’s leading insurance companies such as: GEICO, Progressive, Philadelphia Companies, etc. Francois excels at implementing business-driven web solutions for insurance carriers and applying new technologies to enable business growth and ensure technically reliable and scalable web architecture.
Robert van der Heiden
Robert brings 25 years of hands-on experience managing and delivering insurance system solutions across the globe, incl. PAS, Claims, Billing, CRM and Portal. (CSC, Exigen, Insurity, Ebix, Guidewire)
With many years of experience as a client partner, program director/manager and consultant working for software vendors, system integrators and global IT services companies, Robert provides an excellent strategic vision and strong leadership with an ability to train, mentor, motivate and lead large cross-functional teams across the globe including Eastern Europe, India and China.
Robert has deep experience successfully managing and delivering PAS/Claims/Billing/CRM solutions into production for large and mid term P&C insurance carriers using both Agile Scrum and SDLC based implementation methodologies. As a result, Robert has in-depth knowledge and hands on experience managing the challenges associated with these implementation approaches both from a vendor, IT partner and client point of view.
Having directly worked for insurance companies, software vendors, consulting companies and offshore IT services vendors, Robert has gained unique experience ‘working’ all sides of the ‘insurance’ table. This experience can be used to support and consult our customers with often complex and not always easy relationships between all parties involved in complex and multifaceted insurance technology transformation programs.
Vijay Panati is a Guidewire Architect/Consultant with over 20 years experience in the IT industry with proven track record for on-time and under-budget implementations. He has an extensive background in system architecture, planning, designing, developing and leading technology projects. He has been part of several successful Guidewire implementations for medium and large insurance companies. He is an analytical and a conceptual thinker who effectively partners with clients and business subject matter experts to assess opportunities & limitations, facilitate strategic decisions and drive successful implementations.
Vijay’s ability to assess complex situations and identify appropriate solutions underscores his ability to gain meaningful insight and follow up with thorough analysis. He is particularly skilled at solving a problem with an open-minded approach and enjoys forging consensus among people with diverging ideas and opinions.
Vijay holds a Bachelor's in Telecommunication Engineering degree from the University of Bangalore, India. He is an IBM certified ACE developer with additional certification from Guidewire in Technical and Functional modules of Claim Center product.