Meet the Speakers
Laura was appointed KPMG's Global Head of Insurance in October 2017. She is also a former member of KPMG’s Board of Directors and a former member of the KPMG Foundation Board. Laura has more than 30 years of professional experience in the insurance industry focused on audit, advisory and actuarial services including strategy and innovation advisory services, global US GAAP and IFRS conversions, enterprise performance management transformations, Solvency II and ERM assessments, finance/ actuarial transformations and modeling services including model risk and control assessments and model validation work. Laura was named to Consulting Magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting List in 2012 Laura is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries.
Adam M. Hodes is Executive Vice President and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at MetLife, Inc. and oversees a team of professionals that are focused on identifying and executing strategic transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and strategic investments.
Prior to joining MetLife, Mr. Hodes was Managing Director in the Investment Banking Department of Credit Suisse Securities, LLC, where he focused on Mergers and Acquisitions for financial institutions. He joined Credit Suisse in 2006 and was also a member of the company’s Fairness and Opinion Committee.
Mr. Hodes has previously held leadership roles in Strategic Planning and M&A at WellChoice, Inc. and CNA Financial Corporation. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Financial Institutions Groups at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation and Salomon Brothers Inc. Mr. Hodes received a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School and a B.S. degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Niels Keuker is the Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer for iptiQ Americas, a new B2B insurance unit within Swiss Re that is focused on developing innovative Life & Health insurance solutions for the Middle Market. In his role, Niels is responsible for Marketing, Business Development, Account Management, Consumer Research & UX. Before moving to the US, Niels worked for Swiss Re/iptiQ in London as the Head of Business Development & Sales for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Before joining Swiss Re in 2011 Niels worked for seven years in the insurance industry in several executive marketing & sales roles for companies like Aviva, Delta Lloyd and ABN AMRO Insurance. During his time in the Netherlands Niels was the CEO & founder of iZio insurance, a fully digital insurance company within Delta Lloyd Group. Niels has extensive experience in both the Life & Health as well as the Property & Casualty space.
Ram is a Partner at KPMG LLP in the United States and is the Global Head of Insurance Deal Advisory services for KPMG International. Ram provides mergers, acquisitions & divestitures related deal advisory and strategy advisory services to global insurance companies. His clients include several market leading Global and U.S. Fortune 500 insurance companies in the life, non-life and investment management businesses. During his career, Ram has worked at KPMG’s financial services industry groups in New York, London, Singapore and Dubai. Ram holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Bombay, and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Alon Neches leads the Corporate Development group at AIG, which oversees strategic transactions for the firm globally. During his career at AIG, Alon has held several leadership positions, including Chief Investment Officer of AIG’s North American Commercial portfolio and Senior Managing Director in Global Capital Markets. Prior to AIG, Alon was a member of the Special Investments Management Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he represented the Fed on a broad range of transactions and initiatives relating to their investment in AIG. He began his career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, where he structured and executed strategic transactions across several industries. Alon graduated from Duke University with a BS in economics and earned a JD from Harvard Law School.
Martha Notaras is a Partner at venture capital fund, XL Innovate, investing in insurtech, including startups focused on data & analytics and new business models. XL Innovate’s investments include Lemonade, Embroker, New Energy Risk, Notion, Cape Analytics, Slice Labs, Stonestep and Pillar Technologies. Martha serves on the following boards: Notion, an IoT home awareness solution provider reducing risk for insurers and homeowners; GeoQuant, creator of a revolutionary platform for measuring political risk in real time, using machine learning; Pillar Technologies, which monitors and measures risk in construction sites; board observer at Cape Analytics, a machine learning company focused on property data.
Previously, Martha ran corporate development for DMG Information, the business data and analytics division of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc. Of the 20 investments she made at DMG Information, two achieved and maintained valuations over $1 billion. She has served as board director for many early and growth stage companies, including 10 years on the board of Risk Management Solutions, which provides catastrophe models to the insurance industry. Her prior experience includes investment banking at Merrill Lynch and commercial banking at Credit Suisse. She received her A.B. cum laude from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.
Tony Torre heads the Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions team and is responsible for acquisition and divestiture activity across Prudential’s business units. Torre joined Prudential in 1987 and started the M&A Group in October of 1996. The Group has executed over 95 transactions, in 10 countries with an aggregate value of over $23 billion. Torre has a B.S. in accounting from Boston College and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Linda Ventresca has responsibility for corporate development and investor relations for AXIS. In 2018, she was also named Chief Transformation Officer, overseeing efforts to accelerate AXIS’ strategy to grow its leadership position while increasing efficiency and profitability. She joined the Company as Vice President, Corporate Development, in January 2003. Prior to joining AXIS, she was an investment associate at MMC Capital, Inc., where she worked extensively with AXIS as a portfolio company of the Trident II fund. Previously, she had been a member of the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Groups at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and UBS Securities, LLC. Linda holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S.E. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.