Leadership Team

Ted Devine

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining Insureon, Ted held a number of senior executive leadership positions at Aon Corporation, the largest insurance brokerage firm in the world. Most recently President of Aon Risk Services, which boasts more than $5 billion in revenue and 28,000 employees worldwide, Devine has also served as CEO of Aon Re. Before his tenure with Aon, Devine spent 12 years as Director of McKinsey & Company, helping improve the performance of Fortune 500 companies. Devine is also the Founder and CEO of 1WORLD Sports, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to inspiring at-risk youth to excel on and off the playing field.

Jim Cochran

Founder & Chairman

Since founding TechInsurance in 1997, Jim Cochran has built the company to become the nation's leading online business insurance resource for IT services and computer firms. In 2000, Cochran launched BusinessInsuranceNow and, more recently, Insureon, as sister companies to bring TechInsurance's proven methodologies to businesses outside IT fields. His contributions to the application, underwriting, and rating processes have transformed the world of online insurance, ushering in new standards of accuracy and efficiency to the online application process.

Yuri Ter-Saakyants

Chief Technology Officer

Yuri oversees technology, engineering, development, and quality assurance for Insureon. His 18 years of technology experience include a tenure as Senior VP of Development with MediaBank (now MediaOcean, owned by the team that built Groupon, InnerWorkings, and Echo Global Logistics). In that role, he grew the company from its startup phase, helped it implement a technology platform to suit the needs of the marketing world, and built MediaBank's first-generation integrated digital workflow system. He joined the Insureon team in February 2012.

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Andrei Utkin

Chief Marketing Officer

An alum of McKinsey, Capital One and Neustar, Andrei joined Insureon in 2015, bringing more than 15 years of marketing experience with him. During his time at Capital One, he launched the company’s presence in digital channels, eventually establishing the firm as a top online marketer in the financial services sector. At McKinsey and Neustar, Andrei consulted clients in a broad range of industries on strategy, analytics, and digital marketing. Andrei holds an MS in Economics from Moscow State University and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. An avid baker and Aikido practitioner, he lives in Chicago with his family.

Belen Tokarski

Senior Vice President, Operations

Belen Tokarski joined Insureon in 2015, after a 14-year tenure at CNA. As CNA's VP Automation Strategy and Agency Solutions, she combined expertise in technology and operations to lead teams devoted to developing and executing on some of the company’s most critical day-to-day technological operations. In 2011, Belen was named to the Top 10 Women in Insurance Leadership list published by Insurance Networking News. A Certified Business Architect, she holds a BS from Cornell College and an MBA from DePaul University.

Brandon Hickey

President, Insureon Brokerage

Brandon has been in the insurance industry for 30 years, time that includes serving as regional vice president in New York City and Washington, D.C., for The Hartford Insurance Group. In 2005, he joined Northeast Agencies, a small commercial and personal lines wholesaler, as Chief Operating Officer. He joined Insureon in 2016 and brings 20 years of experience in small commercial, having held leadership positions in both underwriting and industry placement. Brandon holds a BA from Gettysburg College and an MBA from University of Hartford, and is New York State Agent and Broker Licensed.

Ralph Blust

President, Insurance Noodle

Ralph Blust joined Insurance Noodle in 2010 and became a part of the Insureon team at the time of acquisition. He brings a wealth of experience from the Willis Group as Executive VP and managing partner, along with experience with Crump and AIG.  He is a proven leader, known for taking operations with diminishing profitability and making them successful through reengineering from top to bottom. His diverse industry experience equips him with the tools to develop initiatives which improve efficiency and produce revenue growth and organizational effectiveness. As an avid proponent of technology, he is able to introduce efficiencies in distribution and operations.

Mark Thompson

Senior Vice President, Product Excellence

Mark joined Insureon in 2015 with more than 20 years of insurance industry experience in pricing, risk management, and product management. In various executive roles at Allstate and Encompass Insurance, he led product operations departments that focused on multiple customer segments and distribution models. Most recently, Mark served as a managing director in PwC’s insurance advisory practice, where he leveraged changing data and analytical capabilities to address evolving competitive challenges. Mark is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and holds a BS from the University of Iowa.

Lou Friedmann

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Customer Excellence

Lou Friedmann brings more than 20 years of entrepreneurial and marketing experience to his work at Insureon. Prior to joining the team, he served as Head of Marketing at optionsXpress, an online brokerage firm he helped nurture from its startup phase through its successful public offering. Under Friedmann's leadership, optionsXpress boasted faster and more cost-effective client acquisitions than any other online brokerage.

Andy Wood

Chief Administrative Officer, Operational Excellence

Andy Wood brings more than 30 years of insurance operations and consulting experience to his work at Insureon. Prior to joining the team, he worked at Accenture, where he consulted with clients in a broad range of industries on strategy, operations, and performance improvement. Andy established the alternative distribution channels at CNA Life, after which he joined Insurance Noodle in 2000 as the head of Business Development and, later, as the Chief Operating Officer. Andy joined Insureon in 2014 as part of the acquisition from Willis NA. Andy holds a BA and MA in Management Sciences from Cambridge University. He also holds a black belt in Karate.

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