Novarica’s core team is made up of subject matter experts with previous experience ranging from analyst firms, consultancies, financial institutions, and solution providers. This team works closely with our research council, in-house research team, and a wide network of contacts to build the knowledgebase to support our research and advisory services.

  • Matthew Josefowicz

    Matthew Josefowicz is the managing director of Novarica. He is a widely-published and often-cited expert on insurance and financial services technology, operations, and e-business issues who has presented his research and thought-leadership at numerous industry conferences. Over the past fifteen years, he has worked directly with dozens of US and international CIOs to advise them on IT strategy and solution selection, and has written more than 100 reports on insurance technology issues. He is also the lead moderator of the Novarica Insurance Technology Research Council. Prior to launching Novarica in 2007, he founded the global insurance group at analyst firm Celent and led it for more than six years. His other experience includes hedge fund D. E. Shaw & Co., LP. He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University. He can be reached directly at mj@novarica.com.

  • Martina Conlon

    Martina Conlon is a principal in Novarica's insurance practice focused on the P&C and healthcare markets. Martina is the primary researcher and author of market leading reports on agent portals, business intelligence, business process outsourcing and IT staffing strategies. She provides expertise on IT best practices, organizational approaches,and strategic technology architecture and planning. Her recent consulting experience includes vendor selection efforts, insurer peer benchmarking, IT organizational assessments and IT sourcing strategies. Prior to Novarica, Martina served as Director of Enterprise Technology for Arbella Insurance, where she was responsible all enterprise applications, including policy, billing, claims, business intelligence, websites and portals. She has also served as Principal Consultant with leading technology and consulting firms where she partnered with client executives to launch technology solutions to meet strategic business goals. She holds an MBA from Boston University and a BSEE from Tufts University. She can be reached directly at mconlon@novarica.com.

  • Rob Mcisaac, FLMI, LLIF

    Rob McIsaac is a principal in the insurance practice at Novarica with expertise in IT leadership and transformation as well as technology and business strategy for life, annuities, wealth management, and banking. He has broad experience in IT strategy and management in the insurance and financial services industries. Prior to joining Novarica, he served in a series of senior technology management positions including leading the Business Transformation Office at Nationwide Insurance and as the CIO for First Citizens Bank, a rapidly growing regional firm based in Raleigh, NC. Rob spent the majority of his career at Guardian Life, where he was the Divisional CIO responsible for annuity, distribution and broker dealer operations and at Prudential Insurance, where he held a variety of positions including leading e-Business development efforts. Rob holds a BA in Economics from Montclair State University, an MBA in Information Systems from Seton Hall University and has received a number of business and technical designations including FLMI and LLIF. He can be reached directly at rmcisaac@novarica.com.

  • Tom Benton

    Tom Benton is a principal in the Insurance practice at Novarica with expertise in IT strategy, business process reengineering, CORE systems implementation and project management, primarily for life and annuities. Prior to joining Novarica, he served as VP, Technology and Systems at Navy Mutual, where he led a multi-year strategy to transform the core systems, which included a rapid-deployment Policy Administration System implementation. Tom has broad experience as a senior IT executive, serving as CIO/CTO at two medium-sized non-profits in the Washington, DC area, and has held positions in IT project management at PG&E and General Electric. Tom holds a BS degree from Cornell University and a MS degree from MIT. He can be reached at tbenton@novarica.com.

  • Mitch Wein

    Mitch Wein is a principal in the insurance practice at Novarica with international expertise in IT leadership and transformation as well as technology strategy for life, annuities, health, personal lines, commercial lines, wealth management and banking. He has broad experience in underlying key technology disciplines including application development, infrastructure, architecture, process improvement, methodology including agile, quality assurance, business continuity and disaster recovery, outsourcing, performance and scalability. Prior to joining Novarica he served in a series of senior technology management positions at major insurance and banking firms including AXA from 2004-2014 where he was the Interim CIO of AXA Ireland in Dublin, the Chief Architect and Head Of CTO for AXA UK in London and the CTO of AXA Equitable in the US. Mitch was part of the over all AXA Group Architecture Review Board and Information Systems Architecture Committee Board based in Paris and co-developed the AXA IT Strategy and Group Target Architecture. Prior to Axa, Mitch was with AIG from 1996-2004 where he was the CTO for the Domestic Brokerage Group and Domestic Personal Lines as well as holding other senior technology roles. Prior to 1996, Mitch held a variety of technology positions in large financial service firms including Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank) and Prudential Insurance. Mitch holds a BS in Finance and a MBA in Information Systems both from Fordham University. He can be reached directly at mwein@novarica.com

  • Jeff Goldberg

    Jeff Goldberg is a principal in the insurance practice at Novarica with expertise that includes data warehousing and analysis, policy administration, document automation, e-commerce, SaaS and cloud computing, and scalability and technology infrastructure. Prior to Novarica, Jeff served as a senior analyst within Celent’s insurance practice, was the Vice President of Internet Technology for Marsh Inc., Director of Web Technology for Harleysville Insurance, worked for many years as a software consultant with many leading property/casualty and life/health insurers in a variety of technology areas, and worked at Microsoft contributing to research on XML standards and defining the .Net framework. Most recently Jeff founded and sold a SaaS data analysis company in the health & wellness space. Mr. Goldberg has a BSE in computer science from Princeton University and an MFA from the New School in New York. He can be reached directly at jgoldberg@novarica.com

  • Edward Keenan

    Edward Keenan is a principal with Novarica with experience in software design for the financial industry. Prior to joining Novarica, he served as an Executive Director for the Institutional Securities Group Technology division at Morgan Stanley, where he managed development of real-time trading systems for clients and internal users across a variety of asset classes, including Equities, Options, Futures, Currencies, and Fixed Income products. He has broad experience in SDLC practices, with a special focus on user experience. He holds a BA degree from Brown University and an MS in Computer Science from New York University. He can be reached directly at ekeenan@novarica.com.

  • Steven Kaye

    Steven Kaye is research and knowledge systems manager at Novarica and Series Editor of Novarica’s Business & Technology Trends reports. Prior to joining the company, Steven worked for Accenture as an insurance researcher focused on the US life and property & casualty markets. Before that, he served in both knowledge management and research roles at Gemini Consulting (now part of Capgemini) in Cambridge, Massachusetts for several of the firm's industry practices. Steven holds a bachelors and a masters degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He can be reached directly at skaye@novarica.com.

  • Paul Ptashnick

    Paul Ptashnick is a Marketing Director based out of our Boston, MA office. Prior to joining the company, Paul was the Director of Marketing at RiskMeter Online™, which was acquired by CoreLogic®. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He can be reached directly at pptashnick@novarica.com

  • Thuy Osman

    Thuy Osman is a senior analyst at Novarica. Her recent research topics include analyses of Gen Y preferences in financial services and market and technology issues in Latin American Insurance. She has also worked on numerous insurer core system evaluation. Thuy's prior experience includes several research and financial analyst positions, teaching and educational consulting. She holds an MBA from Brandeis International Business School and a B.A. from Brown University. She can be reached directly attosman@novarica.com.

  • Donald Tam

    Donald Tam supports Novarica's principal team in client relations, marketing, and operations from our NYC headquarters. Prior to joining the company, Donald worked at GfK Custom Research as a research associate in the mystery shopping division. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Stony Brook University. He can be reached directly at dtam@novarica.com.

  • Jon Leslie

    Jon Leslie is a digital associate at Novarica, working as a product co-developer, technical point of contact, and full-stack web programmer. Prior to joining Novarica, Jon worked as a freelance web developer for a variety of startups in New York and London. In 2013, he obtained a Masters in International Business at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He also holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Bard College. He can be reached at jleslie@novarica.com.