Management 2019-12-13T10:43:47+00:00

Executive Team

Munawar Ali, Chairman of the Board

President of AmWins Specialty Casualty Solutions

As a member of our Board of Directors, Munawar Ali is the President of AmWins Specialty Casualty Solutions, LLC. Mr. Ali has deep domain expertise in workers’ compensation and the structuring of sophisticated insurance products for carriers, self-insureds, and the public sector. Prior to AmWins, Mr. Ali, was President of MNA Insurance Services from 2010-2011, from 2007-10, President of Accretive Insurance Company, and from 2003-2007, Executive Vice President of Brown and Brown.

Jon Palmer, Lead Independent Director

As lead independent director, Jonathan Palmer serves as the lead director of our board of directors and is an accomplished financial services industry veteran executive with deep leadership experience in both public and private companies in technology-based customer sales and service, consumer and commercial banking, health care benefits administration, and electronic payment processing. Beginning his career in the financial services industry with Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia (now Wells Fargo Bank), Mr. Palmer rose over 20 years with Fidelity to the rank of vice chairman, with leadership responsibility for much of the bank’s business operations. Prior to that appointment, Palmer also served as CEO of Fidelity Bank Delaware, one of the first special purpose credit card banks established in Delaware. Mr. Palmer has subsequently been in senior leadership positions at early stage companies, Wellspring Resources (an employee benefits administration outsourcing firm), Vital Processing Services (a merchant credit card transaction processor) and Lucid Security (a provider of computer network intrusion prevention technology). From late 2005 until September 2010, Mr. Palmer was president and CEO of FSV Payment Systems, a Houston-based company that became a recognized leader in prepaid debit program development, program management, and processing. During his five year tenure at FSV, the company grew top-line revenue ten-fold to more than $40 million, achieved profitability, and further achieved a position of prominence in its industry. Mr. Palmer obtained a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics from LaSalle University and a master of business administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jason Beans, Director

CEO and Founder of Rising Medical Solutions

As CEO and founder of Rising Medical Solutions, Jason Beans has built a proven framework to increase the cost effectiveness and quality of medical care. Prior to Rising, he was the national director of property and casualty operations at Concentra and previously held several management positions with its predecessor, CRA Managed Care. He was previously a founding principal of medical management consultancy BND Operations Company. He serves on several boards of directors in the insurance and managed care industries and is an inductee into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Mr. Beans graduated from the MIT/EO Entrepreneurial Master’s Program and holds a degree in finance from Boston College.

Bob Mortensen, Director

President, Anthem Workers’ Compensation

Mr. Mortensen is a seasoned healthcare executive, who has been engaged in envisioning the future of workers’ compensation.

David Klein, Director

Former CEO of Lifetime Healthcare Companies

Mr. Klein brings to the Transparent Health Marketplace deep experience in health insurance and medical care delivery.  He is currently a director of venture capital and private equity funded health care companies.  He is chair of the New York State health information exchange.  He also serves as a member of the University of Rochester faculty and as a special advisor to their Medical Center CEO.  Most of his career has been with BlueCross BlueShield.  His assignments included serving as the CEO of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield providing coverage to nearly two million members as well as leading Excellus’s home care, medical group, long term care insurance and benefits consulting businesses.  He has been an industry leader serving as a director of America’s Health Insurance Plans and the national BlueCross BlueShield Association.

Gerald Ostrov, Director

Former Chairman and CEO, Bausch & Lomb

Mr. Ostrov was Chairman and CEO of Bausch & Lomb.  Previously, he served as Company Group Chair of Johnson & Johnson Global Vision Care and Consumer North America. Previous to those appointments, Mr. Ostrov held top executive roles at Ciba-Geigy Consumer Pharmaceuticals Company (now Novartis). Mr. Ostrov holds a B.S. from Cornell and an MBA from Harvard.

Ian McBane, Director

Portfolio Manager of Talkot Capital

As a portfolio manager at Talkot Capital, Ian McBane has covered financial institutions, insurance, and related technology companies since 2008. Talkot is a Sausalito-based family office with a 20-year track record investing in both public and private equity. Prior to joining Talkot, Mr. McBane was a Research Analyst in the quantitative practice at ECONorthwest, an economics and finance consulting firm in Portland, OR. Mr. McBane has a B.S. in Economics and Finance from the University of Oregon, and an M.S. in Economics from Portland State University.

Eric Hanson, Founder and Chairman Emeritus

As founder and chairman emeritus, Eric Hanson is the visionary behind THM’s revolutionary open platform for market-driven healthcare services in the workers’ compensation space. Previously CEO and chairman of U.S. Strategies, Mr. Hanson has over 28 years of experience guiding companies through the complexities of the U.S. Congress and a variety of government agencies. Under his leadership, Mr. Hanson was instrumental in the founding of the sub-acute care industry working closely with Integrated Health Services. As an investor and venture capitalist, he served on the advisory board of Acacia Venture Partners and was an early investor in Amerigroup, sold to Anthem, and Select Medical Corporation. Eric also commercialized the 340B pharmacy program by partnering with the National Association of Community Health Centers.