KPMG Insurance Industry Conference 2021 - Agenda


  • Day 1 (Mon., Sept. 13)
  • Day 2 (Tues., Sept. 14)

Day 1 (Mon., Sept. 13)

Time Session Description Speaker
9:30-10:00 am Moderated Discussion: ServiceNow Gary Plotkin
Principal, KPMG
10:00-11:00 am General Session: State of the Industry
This session will look at where the industry istoday andwherewe anticipate the industry is headingin a post-COVID world.
Ed Chanda
National Sector Leader, Insurance, KPMG
11:00-11:30 am BREAK
11:30-12:30 pm General Session: Industry Speaker: P&C Industry Perspectives and Insights Rob Ceske
Principal, KPMG

Mario Rizzo
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer The Allstate Corporation
12:30-1:00 pm Moderated Discussion: Trends in M&A and Strategy Ram Menon
Partner, KPMG
12:30-1:30 pm BREAK
Concurrent breakout sessions
1:30-2:30 pm Accelerating Digital Insurance
This panel will discuss how digital experience needs to be defined from the customer and agent perspective and highlight how low-code solutions can accelerate delivering on those experiences.
Tom Bakewell, Chief Information Officer, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance

Denise Garth
Chief Strategy Officer , Majesco

Melanie Henderson
Principal, KPMG

Phil Lageschulte
Partner , KPMG

New Ways of Working
This session will focus on where we see opportunities and challengers across culture and talent in the new way of working and lessons learned from COVID within this context.
Evan Metter, Principal, KPMG
Bill Miller, Partner, KPMG
Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)
ESG is a critical piece of strategic initiatives, messaging, and insurance operations. This session will focus on what insurers are doing in the industry and their focus, and how insurers can get engaged.

Bryce Ehrhardt, Director, KPMG

Nathan Gabig, Principal, KPMG Advisory

Tom Kelly, Partner, KPMG

Gray Schweitzer, Managing Director,
Head of US Financial Institutions
Group, Debt Capital Markets, HSBC

Zoe Thompson, Principal, KPMG Advisory

Long Duration Targeted Improvements (LDTI)
LDTI has been deferred. Insurance companies will still have a lot to prepare and decide upon when implementing the new standard. This session will share insights on this journey from KPMG professionals.

Michael Hayes, Director, KPMG

Pixi Sofian, Director, KPMG
2:30-3:00 pm BREAK
3:00-4:00 pm General Session: A fireside chat: Asset Managers and Insurers Phil Jacobs, Insurance Tax Sector Lead, KPMG

Martin Kelly, CFO,
Apollo Global Managemen

Day 2 (Tues., Sept. 14)

Time Session Description Speaker
9:30-10:30 am

General Session: Economic and Tax Perspectives
The economy and tax implications are front and center as we head to recovery post-COVID. This session will provide an economic and tax update and its impact to the insurance industry.

Ed Chanda, National Sector Leader, Insurance, KPMG

Constance Hunter
Chief Economist, KPMG

John Gimigliano
Principal-in-charge, Federal Tax
Legislative and Regulatory
Services, KPMG       

10:30-10:45 am BREAK  
10:45-11:45 am

General Session: Life Insurance Industry Insights and Perspectives

Jasmine Jirele
Incoming President and CEO,
Allianz Life Insurance Company of America
11:45-12:15  pm Moderated Discussion: Fire and Flood Ed Chanda
National Sector Leader, Insurance

Nima Patel Edwards
Director, KPMG
11:45-12:30 pm BREAK  
Concurrent breakout sessions
12:30-1:30 pm

On the Board Agenda

This session will focus on how boards are leading through the new reality, from changing climate, talent management oversight, emerging risk, and many others.  We will also delve into what that means for the modern board member and preview the KPMG Regional Women in Insurance Board Readiness Initiative.

Suzanne Angele, Senior Advisory, Board Leadership Center, KPMG

Suzanne Soos, Partner, KPMG

Cyber Insurance

The risks and disruption caused by cyber attacks are having a substantial impact to our business and personal lives, and the insurance industry plays a key role in managing the evolving exposure.  This panel will share insights on the latest trends and the industry’s role in providing protection and prevention services.

Jim Arnold, Principal, KPMG

Adam Brand, Managing Director, KPMG

Scott Shapiro, Advisory Insurance Leader, KPMG

Kaitlin Upchurch, Senior Vice President, Marsh McLennan

Accounting Updates

This session will provide SEC and STAT updates.
John Barbagallo, Managing Director, KPMG

Olga Roberts, Managing Director, KPMG
The New State of Insurance Execution: Process Improvement Through Transformation

This session will discuss the dynamics we are seeing around operational efficiency and the use of process mining, as well as key areas of value and how to get started. 

Tony Beirne, Director, Insurance Advisory, KPMG

Felix Santiago, Strategic Insurance Account Director, Celonis

Karen Silverman, Partner, KPMG

Kyle Ten Pas, Audit Insurance Leader, KPMG

1:30-1:45 pm BREAK
1:45-2:45 pm

General Session: A Geopolitical Perspective on Climate Change and Impact on US/China relationship

This session will focus on the evolution of climate risk within a rapidly changing global geopolitical framework. Gerry Butts will pay special attention to what the deteriorating US/China relationship means for climate and how it will play out through COP26. Most important, he will talk about what that means for the prospects of coordinated global climate action and how delay could affect the insurance industry. 

Gerald Butts, Vice Chairman, Eurasia Group

Ed Chanda, National Sector Leader, Insurance, KPMG

2:45-3:00 pm BREAK  
3:00-4:00 pm General Session: How today's biggest trends will collide and reshape the future of everything

Mauro F. Guillén
Incoming Dean,  Cambridge Judge Business School and Author

Ram Menon, Principal, KPMG