Our Executive Team

Founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU’s mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.

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Ali Safavi   

Chief Executive Officer


Previous Partner at Plug and Play Ventures, Pioneer of insurtech practice there, which is now the leading worldwide insurtech innovation platform, Drove more than $20 million in revenue from over 90 paid insurance partnerships, and oversaw investments in over 70 firms through Plug and Play.

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Tasos Chatzimichailidis

Chief Insurance Executive


Before joining COVU, Tasos founded Revolut and WeFox, two top-performing fintech and insurance startups that he scaled to over $1 billion in sales over the course of six years while operating in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific.

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Amir Kargar   
Chief Technical Officer
 

 

Amir worked as the first machine learning engineer and the sixth team member for Mya, a chatbot platform for recruiters, before joining COVU. Prior to that, he was employed by a few startup companies that were in the early stages of creating both B2C and B2B machine learning and AI solutions.

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Amin Zarshenas  

Chief Product Officer


Amin is an experienced data scientist focusing on the use of complex data for business intelligence. He holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering with a focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has worked in Uptake and CCC Information Services, respectively.

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Charles Valinotti   

Chief Operation Officer


Charles has more than two decades of track record of achievement in the insurance sector. A proven leader, he specializes in creating and putting corporate growth and operational strategies into practice that increase efficiency and profitability. 

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Wil Plasencia   

Chief Marketing Officer


Wil has over two decades of expertise in technology and targeted Behavioral Marketing, focusing on B2B/B2C/D2C platforms in various industries. He has successfully launched products/services/new brands for companies like Coca-Cola, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals etc.

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Chaitanya Baddam   

Chief Data Officer


Chaitanya Baddam has more than 18 years of technology leadership and software development expertise. She has led the Salesforce Life Insurance digital platforms for call-center, customers, agents, and international firms to manage their book of business at John Hancock.

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Koray Dogan   

Chief Compliance Officer


Koray is a veteran from FinTech juggernaut Revolut and Europe's largest InsurTech WeFox. His experience in Compliance & Risk framework, is easily adapted to the data-driven world of digital insurance distribution. 


Subodh Karnad
Subodh Karnad  

Chief Financial Officer


Subodh worked as CFO for a couple of later-stage venture-backed companies, including Common and Oyo. Prior to that, he spent his entire career working in Divisional CFO and Finance leadership roles for companies such as PayPal, VISA, and Wells Fargo.

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Brian Batjer   
Chief People Officer 
 


Brian joins COVU with over 20 years of global people leadership experience designing and implementing strategic People, Organization, and Culture programs. Before joining COVU, Brian held several strategic HR leadership roles with global market leaders Canon, Cablevision, and CA Technologies.  


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Brian Bell  
Chief Carrier Relations Officer


With over 16 years of experience in nearly every aspect of the insurance world, Brian is an industry leader who is experienced in maximizing agency operations and has developed relationships with nearly all of the top carriers in the property casualty marketplace throughout his career.

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William Malone  
Chief Revenue Officer
 


William is an Insurance industry veteran with 25+ years of experience across most lines of business and all distribution channels. He has held executive positions at world-class carriers, Including Chubb and The Hartford, where he leveraged that experience.



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