5 People on the Move

Former Barclays executive joins Acin and modern insurance platform Socotra names a director of product in this edition of People on the Move. 
By: | February 18, 2020

Vālenz Appoints Two Senior Executives

Amy Gasbarro, chief operating officer, Vālenz

Rob Gelb, chief executive officer, Vālenz

Vālenz, medical cost reduction and claims flow management organization, announced the promotion of Rob Gelb, chief executive officer.

Gelb, who joined the firm in 2018 as Chief Revenue Officer, succeeds Josh Carder as CEO, while Carder assumes a new position as Chairman of the Board.

“When Josh founded this company 17 years ago, he did so with a vision to solve the complex administrative challenges affecting healthcare costs – and that vision still drives us today,” said Gelb.

“It is an honor to be selected as CEO to continue moving forward through the power of innovation and next-generation data integration.”

Gelb has over 30 years of experience and has held leadership positions at Sedgwick, Coventry and CIGNA, among others.


“Rob is a highly esteemed leader with a proven record of strategic and tactical success in creating and expanding healthy companies, and I am thrilled that he is now taking the reins as CEO of Vālenz,” said Carder.

The board also announced that Amy Gasbarro has been appointed chief operating officer.

Gasbarro joined Vālenz in 2018 as President of Vālenz Care, the firm’s care management solution and has 20 years of experience.

“Through the analytic and predictive power of the ecosystem, we are continuously expanding our ability to influence better health outcomes and reduce total cost of care,” said Gasbarro.

“This is a very exciting time for Vālenz, and I look forward to my new role in shaping a more prosperous future for our company, and more importantly, for our clients.”

Markel Promotes Carl Titterton

Carl Titterton, divisional managing director, Markel International

Specialist insurer Markel International appointed Carl Titterton as divisional managing director of trade credit, political risk and surety.

Titterton will report to James Hastings, managing director. Upon his promotion, he became a member of Markel International’s wholesale leadership team.

Titterton has spent the last decade with Markel International, joining in April 2010 as a senior underwriter, specializing in credit insurance. Prior to Markel, he held senior underwriter roles in London, New York and Paris.

“During Carl’s ten years at Markel, he has been invaluable in helping the TCPRS team to develop important new lines of business and to expand into territories where Markel’s TCPRS accounts are now thriving,” Hastings said.

“Today, we have a well-established and highly respected trade credit, political risk and surety team spanning the globe. I look forward to working closely with Carl and his team to achieve even greater success.”

Matt Hamilton Joins Socotra, Director of Product 

Socotra, a cloud-based platform that develops products for technology-driven insurers, named Matt Hamilton as the company’s director of product.

Hamilton’s responsibilities include conceptualizing, designing, and implementing the next wave of product capabilities as the company continues to provide flexible technology to further the development of insurance products.

Prior to his appointment, Hamilton spend ten  years at Guidewire. He has experience across the insurance policy life-cycle including underwriting, policy management, claims, billing, and analytics.

He will report to Dan Woods, chief executive officer of Socotra.


“As a dedicated technology professional in the insurance industry, I saw how insurers with legacy platforms were struggling to move into the cloud,” said Hamilton.

“After learning about Socotra and meeting their team of forward-thinking, dedicated experts, I knew this was a company I wanted to be a part of. Socotra’s sophisticated yet accessible technology has great potential to be the core system of choice for insurers everywhere, and I’m proud to be a part of this new era of acceleration in the insurance industry.”

Sally Clark Joins Acin as Senior Advisor

Sally Clark, senior advisor, Acin

Acin, data standards firm for non-financial risk and controls, announced the appointment of Sally Clark as a senior advisor.

Clark previously served at Barclays, where she served as chief internal auditor and brings with her extensive financial services experience, spanning over 33 years.

“Sally’s appointment is an exciting development for Acin as we continue to grow our presence across the financial services sector. Having worked in a number of senior, high-profile risk-related roles within major financial institutions, Sally brings exceptional insight into the challenges faced by these organizations,” said Paul Ford, chief executive officer.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the Acin team to support their work in transforming non-financial risk into a discipline similar to market and credit risk,” said Clark.

Having worked in the risk and control space throughout my career, it’s exciting to be involved with an innovative solution that has the potential to make this industry meaningfully safer – with some of the world’s leading banks at its forefront.” &

Emily Spennato is a former staff writer with Risk & Insurance.

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