CHICAGO: Awards held to recognize outstanding contributions to insurance innovation in 2019

The winners of the Insurance Nexus awards were revealed at an exclusive, black-tie ceremony held at the Hilton Chicago Hotel on Thursday, September 12th, 2019, Insurance Nexus can now announce. Held to recognize and celebrate the teams, companies and individuals driving truly innovative, impactful and lasting change in the North American insurance space, the awards ceremony saw attendees enjoy a three-course meal, cocktails and entertainment including comedy, live music and more.

As insurance continues to pursue ever greater engagement with customers and the delivery of seamless, digital and personalized services, the role of leadership in delivering such strategic and enterprise-wide change has arguably never been greater and the Insurance Nexus Awards have the explicit aim of spotlighting and celebrating these leaders.

The awards comprised 15 categories, with each recognizing either an Insurance Leader, an Insurance Team or anInsurance Initiative of the year. The finalists were selected by a panel of esteemed judges, who were tasked with identifying the greatest impacts from technology implementation, process optimization and organizational restructuring.

The judging panel was drawn from an array of industry experts and included Matteo Carbone, Founder, IoT Insurance Observatory, Scott McCormick, President, Connected Vehicle Trade Association and Karlyn Carnahan, Head of P&C Insurance, Americas, Celent. The full judging panel can be viewed here:

"It was great to hear the accomplishments and excitement from all of the attending insurer nominees.  Appian is proud to be a category sponsor of the Insurance Nexus Awards 2019 and continue helping fuel insurance innovation and transformation through our low-code platform." Jacob Sloan, Industry Lead, Insurance, Appian

The winners of the ‘Insurance Leaders of the Year’ categories were as follows:

North American Contribution to Society Award

  • BCS Financial

North American Innovation Leader of the Year

  • John Geyer, Chief Innovation Officer, MetLife

As official sponsors of the Innovation Leader of the Year category, Appian recognizes an executive pushing their organization to remain on the cutting edge of possibility, blending what customers need and what technology makes possible to reimagine products, service and operations.

North American Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Phil Edmundson, Founder, CEO, Corvus Insurance

North American Claims Leader of the Year

  • Jim Kenny, Chief Claims Officer, MetLife

North American Customer Ambassador of the Year

  • Neesha Mathur, Head of Behavioral Science and Marketing, Prudential

“BCS is honored to have received the “New Product of the Year” and “North American Contribution to Society” awards, recognizing the EssentialCare Critical Illness product,” said Bruce Bahn, vice president, Product. “We are incredibly proud of our team at BCS for their hard work and dedication to this new product that for the first time includes coverage for four of the most prevalent serious mental health conditions. We are grateful to Insurance Nexus and the judges for this recognition.”

The Awards offer the prestige of being recognized by the global insurance community, as well as a platform to network and find out about the very latest tech, mindsets and innovation adopted by likeminded companies. More information can be found on the awards website:, or please get in touch with Dovile Nastopkaite


BCS Financial

BCS Financial Corporation has more than 70 years of experience delivering a wide-range of insurance and financial solutions for Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations nationwide. Through its subsidiaries, BCS Insurance Company and 4 Ever Life Insurance Company, BCS is licensed in all 50 states and is rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best. BCS Financial is headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. Learn more at


Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. One of the world’s leading financial services companies, MetLife provides insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world.

Corvus Insurance

An AI-driven InsurTech company offering Smart Commercial Insurance™ policies and innovative technology that utilizes new forms of data to predict and prevent claims. Corvus is an MGA and works with brokers.


One of the world’s largest financial services institutions, offering individual and institutional clients a wide array of financial products and services.With operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America, Prudential are known for delivering on their promises to their customers, and are recognized as a trusted brand and one of the world’s most admired companies.


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