Novarica, a research and advisory firm focused on insurance technology strategy, has hired Mitch Wein as a principal based in the firm's New York office, beginning Nov. 1.

Wein was formerly CTO at AXA UK, AXA Equitable, and AIG Domestic Brokerage Group. He has experience in application development, infrastructure, architecture, process improvement, outsourcing, performance, scalability, and methodology, including agile, quality assurance, business continuity and disaster recovery. Wein also has held a variety of technology positions in large financial services firms, including Bankers Trust, now Deutsche Bank, and Prudential Insurance.

Novarica also has hired Paul Ptashnick as marketing director. Ptashnick has held senior marketing roles at insurance-technology firms CoreLogic and RiskMeter.

“Mitch has a broad range of senior experience across property/casualty, life/annuity, health and wealth management both domestically and internationally,” said Matthew Josefowicz, managing director at Novarica. "We're looking forward to bringing his distinctive expertise to our growing client base of more than 75 insurers."

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