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Former Willis Re EVP Grant Owens joins Openly in lead role

14th August 2020 - Author: Charlie Wood

Premium homeowners insurance platform Openly, has added Grant Owens as Chief Product & Underwriting Officer.

Most recently an executive vice president at Willis Re, Owens will lead Openly’s product team and spearhead product development as the company looks to drive growth and expand nationwide.

Openly aims to simplify the homeowner’s insurance process for independent agents and consumers by leveraging a product combining new technology and complex pricing methodology.

“Grant has a proven track record of developing and deploying innovative platforms and products,” said Ty Harris, Co-Founder, and CEO of Openly.

“He also brings a wealth of experience working with reinsurers, which is a critical part of what makes Openly possible.

“Most importantly, he has worked at large companies and yet exhibits that innovative, scrappy mindset that is required at an early stage company like Openly. We feel fortunate to have him leading the charge as we build out or products for independent agents and consumers across the country.”

Commenting on his appointment, Owens said, “We are living in a time where customers and independent agents demand a tech-forward insurance product, and I’m grateful to be given the opportunity to lead that charge.

“Our team will focus on improving upon the current homeowner’s product, with the goal being to have the product available to agents in more states while developing new product lines in parallel.”

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