NEEDHAM, Mass. - TowerGroup has picked 22-year insurance industry veteran David West to lead the firm's Insurance practice.

West joins TowerGroup from SAS Institute, where he led global marketing for the company's insurance industry vertical offerings. His work there included managing the company's insurance sector marketing strategy and leading analyst and public relations initiatives. He joined SAS Institute in 1997 as a systems engineer and held positions in U.S. commercial sales and worldwide marketing, where he worked with more than 200 insurers around the globe.

"David brings a tremendous wealth of industry experience to his new role in the TowerGroup Insurance practice, gained from his work both with and within top carriers and technology vendors," says Rob Hegarty, managing director of the TowerGroup insurance research practice. "We are confident that David's first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing insurers across all areas of their businesses will provide valuable insight and direction to our clients."

Beore joining SAS, West spent 13 years with Prudential, where he held positions in the property and casualty underwriting department before joining the IT department at Prudential HealthCare.
West has written articles and white papers on insurance fraud, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and underwriting. He has delivered presentations at industry conferences and other venues.

Source: TowerGroup

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