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Understory names WTW’s Neil Irwin Chief Strategy Officer

2nd February 2021 - Author: Charlie Wood

Weather network and analytics firm Understory has appointed Neil Irwin as Chief Strategy Officer to help drive the company’s strategic planning efforts.

These efforts include an expansion into high-growth markets, development of industry partnerships and new delivery models.

He brings more than three decades of leadership experience to the role and previously served as CEO of Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa for Willis Towers Watson.

Before his time at WTW Irwin spent 15 years at Marsh where he served as Regional Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“We had a very specific vision for this role. We needed a proven insurance industry leader with an outsider’s mentality, and a willingness to question convention,” said Alex Kubicek, co-founder and CEO of Understory.


“Neil exceeded our vision with his track record and passion for making insurance meet the challenge of climate change. He’s the ideal industry leader to help us seize the opportunity ahead of us.”

“Climate change is now firmly entrenched as the number one risk that business leaders are trying to manage, yet traditional insurance hasn’t adapted fast enough,” said Irwin.

“Understory’s technology and global risk model make it uniquely positioned to rethink the status quo and protect these climate-vulnerable businesses. I’m thrilled to be a part of it, and to invite a dialogue with any industry partner who shares our mission.”

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