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Andrew Drake is the Deputy General Counsel for the McGowan Companies, a leading national insurance broker and intermediary serving 50,000 brokers and +1m clients in the U.S. and abroad. With a deep technology background, Andrew was previously with Nationwide Insurance across a variety of roles in both the IT and Legal-Compliance spaces before making a leap to work for an insuretech start-up, Bold Penguin, as Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Today, he’s focused on keeping McGowan growing rapidly while navigating ever changing legal and regulatory currents.
Outside of work, Andrew serves as a Trustee for a local Carnegie Public Library and is on the board of directors for the Crosley Automobile Club of America. Andrew and his family reside in Central Ohio.
Joshua Gold is a shareholder in Anderson Kill's New York office. He has represented numerous corporate and non-profit policyholders in various industries, with recoveries for his clients well in excess of $1.5 billion. Josh is chair of the Cyber Insurance Recovery Practice Group and co-chair of the Marine Cargo Insurance Group.
Josh's practice involves matters ranging from international arbitration, data security, directors and officers insurance, business income/property insurance, commercial crime insurance, admiralty, cargo, and marine insurance disputes. He has been lead trial counsel in multi-party bench and jury trials, and has negotiated and crafted scores of settlement agreements including coverage-in-place agreements.
Kirk Herath is a Principal with Pillars Consulting Group. He recently retired as Vice-President, Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Nationwide Insurance Companies and affiliates based in Columbus, Ohio.
Under Herath's leadership, Nationwide was selected as one of the Top 10 Most Trusted Companies for Privacy (number one in the insurance sector) six times by the prestigious Ponemon Institute.
Currently, Herath is Chairman of CyberOhio, Ohio’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board, and a member of the InnovateOhio Advisory Board under the direction of Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Governor Mike DeWine. He is Past President and past board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is still active within the association. He also served on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2011. He speaks regularly on a broad array of privacy, security and technology issues.
Herath edited the privacy practitioners’ bible, “How to Build a Privacy Program”, published by the IAPP Press.
John Merchant has over 17 years of experience in the cyber and technology insurance space. He has held various roles in underwriting, business development and distribution at Nationwide, Hartford Financial Products and AIG. Prior to joining Ascent, John was the head of client services at Cyence, a cyber focused predictive analytics and modeling start-up. In his role at Ascent, he is responsible for business development in the North American market.
Timothy M. Opsitnick is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. (“TCDI”). Opsitnick is at the forefront of practitioners addressing issues involved in the security and discovery of electronically stored information. He has conducted numerous continuing legal education seminars regarding electronic discovery, cybersecurity, and other technology issues. In addition, he has served as a court-appointed Special Master and as an expert witness. His clients include United States and international law firms and companies.
TCDI consults with corporations and law firms to provide litigation management software, electronic discovery, computer forensics, and cybersecurity services. TCDI is a recognized leader in technology for mass tort management, complex litigation and MDL litigation management. Opsitnick founded JURINNOV Ltd. (“JURINNOV”) in 2000. JURINNOV was acquired by TCDI in 2016, expanding their services to include data privacy, cybersecurity, and computer forensics.
Lacy has over 14 years of experience in the insurance industry, always focused on executive risk coverages. Her knowledge in Cyber Security has earned her international speaking engagements and panel opportunities. Lacy attended the Lloyd’s Broker Academy in London. She frequently travels to London to broker large, bespoke programs in the Lloyd’s of London marketplace. She has developed cyber solutions capabilities and go-to-market approach, linking business strategy, market trends, cyber events and Oswald’s skills into an integrated message to support our clients. Engaged in thought leadership
related to managing areas of cybersecurity risk along with speaking engagements and media interviews. Current speaking engagement for NetDiligence has been put on hold due to Covid-19.
Lacy is actively engaged with insurance carriers to craft and create new coverages and manuscript forms. She integrates her product and market knowledge to find solutions for client’s issues that arise daily. Lacy works closely with insurance
companies to draft policy enhancements, providing innovative solutions to local, national and international companies. The pace of Cyber incidents continues to soar, allowing Lacy to be at the forefront of protecting clients’ largest and most valuable assets.
Catherine Rudow is Vice President, Cyber Insurance, at Nationwide, working with many departments within the company to expand cyber insurance offerings to meet the needs of its members. Her in-depth knowledge of cyber risk extends to developing strategies for non-cyber traditional lines of business that are exposed to technology and the internet.
Catherine has over 25 years of experience in the (re)insurance industry covering a wide range of casualty lines of business. Prior to joining Nationwide, Catherine worked at PartnerRe as a senior level underwriter where she built the cyber insurance portfolio and branded PartnerRe as a lead reinsurance market for cyber insurance business.
Timothy Smit provides expertise in the areas of data protection laws, privacy liability and cyber technology best practices for protecting information and their processes. Timothy consults with clients on how best to develop strategies to manage their total cost of risk within their organizations while protecting their critical assets and information.
Timothy has over 25 years of information protection experience in Insurance, Healthcare, Medical Devices, Government, Retail Merchandising, Higher Education, and Crisis Management industries. Timothy’s extensive knowledge comes from the information technology and information protection roles he has held over his career. That knowledge and firsthand experiences enable him to translate similar exposures into cyber coverages for the C-Suite and Board Level Members to understand and comprehend.
His approach and technical acumen are unlike any other cyber broker in the market place today, which differentiates himself on how he provides both proactive loss control services and placing the appropriate cyber coverage to the respective cyber exposures that clients have.
Timothy works closely with large multi-national organizations, assisting them in data mapping exercises and process review while conducting and consulting on data privacy impact assessments for any processing of PII.
He also authored six data protection books.