Dr. Karna, who will start with the Company later this month and report to XL’s Chief Platform Officer, Myron Hendry, has more than 20 years of experience in leading data-driven, digital innovation and positive disruption within the insurance industry. Dr. Karna’s unique background in genetic algorithms, cognitive learning, behavior modeling, deep neural networks, and digital strategy will be a valuable asset to XL Catlin. Her past positions include President at Verisk Digital Services, a unit of Verisk Analytics and Actuarial Chief Information Officer and Managing Director at AIG.
Commenting on the appointment, XL Group Ltd’s Chief Executive Officer Mike McGavick said: “We are fortunate to have Henna join us as our Chief Data Officer. Her vision and experience in designing digital innovations while motivating multi-discipline teams to deliver solutions fully aligns with XL Catlin’s focus on being a market leader in providing superior products and services to our colleagues and clients. She will work closely with XL Innovate, Accelerate – our internal innovation team and other businesses and functions throughout XL Catlin to further enhance data, analytics and innovation which in turn will allow us to expand our offerings.”
Dr. Karna has degrees in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Massachusetts and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has worked as an adjunct professor of statistics and mathematics for the graduate entrepreneurship program at Babson College in Massachusetts.
In addition to this, Dr. Karna has advised Fortune 500 companies on digital innovation and disruption. She has designed and developed patent-pending technology and applications in the field of digital-data technologies in insurance. Dr. Karna is a frequent speaker at key industry events such as InsurTech, Insurance Analytics Symposium, and IASA as well as the author of several articles in national publications on the topic of data and digital. In 2015, Dr. Karna was listed as #5 in the Top 15 people in insurance technology by the Insurance Networking News and she was one of four keynote speakers on Women in Leadership at ACORD.
About XL Catlin
XL Catlin is the global brand used by XL Group Ltd’s (NYSE:XL) insurance and reinsurance companies which provide property, casualty, professional and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. Clients look to XL Catlin for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. To learn more, visit xlcatlin.com.