Kuvare is an ideal growth partner for existing insurance companies, given the caliber and experience of the team and its access to strategic, long-term capital.
— Altamont Capital Partners
Dhiren JhaveriChief Executive Officer
Before founding Kuvare, Mr. Jhaveri was a member of the executive committee of Sammons Financial Group, where he led corporate development and investment risk. Sammons Financial Group (SFG) is the holding company for Midland National Life Insurance Company and North American Company for Life and Health (NACOLAH). Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Co. and Barclays. Dhiren is actively involved on various committees for the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) and is a designee of the LIMRA Life Insurance Fellows (LLIF).
Carlos SierraChief Operating Officer for Kuvare & President for Lincoln Benefit Life
Carlos leads the overall operational strategy for Kuvare and is in charge of Lincoln Benefit Life. With over 25 years of operations experience, Carlos previously served as COO for the Americas at Aon Risk and Global COO for Combined Insurance where he led global operations, including Front Office (sales model; multichannel sales), Back Office (contact centers; order entry; claims; field operations) and Technology (Application Development and Infrastructure). Previously, Carlos worked at McKinsey & Co where he served clients in the Financial Institutions Group and at FMC where he led Manufacturing Planning and Latin American Operations. Carlos earned engineering and masters degrees from ITESM, Ohio State and Stanford.
Brad RosenblattChief Revenue Officer for Kuvare & President for United Life
Brad leads revenue and growth strategy for Kuvare and is also President of United Life. Brad has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and strategy and previously served as Chief Distribution Officer at Sammons Financial Group. While at Sammons, Brad also led the company’s strategy and corporate development function. Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Co. in the insurance practice, serving life, property/casualty and health insurance carriers. Brad holds an MBA from Michigan Ross School of Business and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.
David A. GoldbergGeneral Counsel
David directs the legal, regulatory and corporate governance functions for the Kuvare businesses. He provides more than 25 years of broad commercial law and senior executive experience, having started his legal career in 1993 at the Sidley & Austin firm in Chicago. He has served in numerous corporate General Counsel roles, including insurance sector roles at Coregis Insurance, a specialty property and casualty company, as well as life and health companies Combined Insurance (and its worldwide affiliates) and Sterling Life Insurance Company. Most recently he served as General Counsel to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. David is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Washington University School of Law.
Shimrit ScherDeputy General Counsel
Shimrit advises Kuvare’s operating businesses with respect to insurance regulatory activities and corporate affairs and handles special projects and strategic initiatives in support of the growth of the Kuvare platform. In addition, she counsels the executive management team in legal, regulatory and corporate governance matters associated with Kuvare’s non-U.S. operations. Prior to joining Kuvare, Shimrit practiced at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Sidley Austin LLP, where she specialized in private equity and insurance transactions. Shimrit is a graduate of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Northwestern University.
Erik BraunController for Kuvare & Chief Financial Officer for Lincoln Benefit Life
Erik leads the accounting and finance functions for Kuvare and is the CFO of LBL. Prior to Kuvare, he was with Fidelity Life Association as the manager of accounting and finance and the assistant controller. Previously, Erik worked in public accounting within the assurance practice, where he served insurance industry clients across most commercial and personal lines. Erik attended Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, earning a BS in Accounting and Finance and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Masha GamaufAssistant Controller
Masha supports the accounting and finance functions at Kuvare. Before joining Kuvare, she was the manager of corporate accounting for a real estate investment company in CA. Prior to that, Masha spent 5 years with a leading independent fund administrator, working with numerous PE and RE fund managers across the country, focusing on financial accounting and investor reporting. Previously, Masha worked in public accounting within the assurance practice, where she served real estate and hospitality industry clients. Masha attended University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a BS in Accounting. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Dylan JaffeeDirector of Operations
Dylan manages some of our most important and transformational projects across our carriers. Previously he managed the financial planning and analysis function for Kuvare. Prior to Kuvare, he spent 5 years with KPMG’s financial risk management advisory practice, working exclusively with insurance companies. Dylan has a background in cost optimization, process improvement, financial transformation and regulatory compliance across life, health and P&C insurance companies. Dylan attended Colby College, where he earned his BA in Economics with a minor in Business Administration.
Laura GallagherChief Actuary
Laura leads the actuarial analysis and product development efforts for Kuvare. With over 20 years of life & annuity insurance experience, Laura has a broad background in valuation and financial reporting, product management, risk controls, and mergers & acquisitions. Most recently, she was the Chief Actuary for Colorado Bankers Life after the company was sold to new ownership. She spent over 10 years with Dearborn National Life with accountability for the individual product lines and served as the appointed actuary for the company and its two subsidiaries. She began her career at Allstate Life Insurance Company. Laura is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and earned BS degrees in Actuarial Science and in Mathematics from the University of Iowa.
Emily leads the actuarial analysis for Kuvare's strategic initiatives. She has over 10 years of experience in actuarial modeling, financial reporting, and project leadership. Most recently, she was with KPMG as a manager in Advisory services assisting insurance clients with large scale transformations, risk management, and providing actuarial audit support. Previously, Emily worked at Aviva USA in various positions of increasing responsibilities. Emily is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a graduate of Drake University.
Jim leads the actuarial modeling for Kuvare. He has over 20 years experience in the life and health insurance industries with a background in pricing, product development, and valuation. Most recently, he was with Health Care Service Corporation and their life insurance subsidiary Dearborn National. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and earned BS degrees in Actuarial Science and Finance from the University of Illinois.
Ann Mengelson-ClarkVP of Transformation and Technology
Ann leads the life and annuity technology platform for the domestic companies of Kuvare, including Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company, United Life Insurance Company and Lincoln Benefit Life. Ann has over 25 years of experience in the life and annuity industry. Prior to joining the team at the Kuvare platform level, she served as Corporate Technology Officer for Guaranty Corporation. Ann holds BS and MS degrees from Louisiana State University.
Michael StefanHead of Corporate Development & Strategy
Michael brings experience across investment banking, the insurance industry and public accounting. He spent 14 years with Bank of America and predecessor Merrill Lynch, advising corporate clients on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising in its Financial Institutions Group. Prior to joining Kuvare, Michael was the corporate treasurer at Amynta Group, an insurance services company. He previously also worked as a certified public accountant in Deloitte’s Financial Services practice in New York.
Kevin HoviPresident & Chief Financial Officer, Kuvare Life Re Ltd.
Kevin is responsible for the operations, including finance, investments and risk, of Kuvare Life Re Ltd., our Bermuda-based reinsurance arm. Most recently, he was with Longitude RE Limited as Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Kevin was with XL Catlin in progressively senior investment roles, most recently as Senior Vice-President, Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for rate & curve positioning and government allocations. Kevin also previously worked for Marsh in Bermuda and Deloitte in Canada. Kevin attended the University of Waterloo, earning a Honours BA in Accountancy Studies, and is qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant / Chartered Accountant (Ontario, Bermuda) and as a Chartered Financial Analyst (Bermuda).
Nana Dua-AgyemanFinance Manager, Kuvare Life Re Ltd.
Nana is responsible for the accounting, finance, treasury and compliance functions of Kuvare Life Re Ltd. Most recently, he was with Hiscox Bermuda as a Financial Accountant. Previously, Nana was with Beechwood Bermuda International Ltd. as the Finance Manager. Nana also previously worked for KPMG in Bermuda in progressive roles within the assurance and advisory practices, where he served insurance industry clients across various sectors, including life insurance. Nana attended the University of Cape Town, earning a Bachelor of Business Science - Finance Honours, and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and Chartered Professional Accountant (Canada, Bermuda).
Laila ImtiazFinance Manager, Kuvare Life Re Ltd.
Laila is responsible for the accounting, finance, treasury and compliance functions of Kuvare Life Re Ltd. Most recently, she worked at another Bermuda life reinsurer, and previous to that was with Deloitte in Bermuda. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) in Accounting from Carleton University and is qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant (Canada, Bermuda).
Jin SunActuary, Kuvare Life Re Ltd.
Jin is responsible for all actuarial functions supporting the reinsurance operations of our Bermuda entity, Kuvare Life Re Ltd. She has a wide breadth of actuarial experience spanning capital management, ALM, pricing, valuation, modeling, and reporting across various life and annuity products. Jin joined Kuvare from the Deloitte Bermuda actuarial consulting practice and previously held different positions at Manulife/John Hancock. She also has two years of Canadian pension experience. Jin is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and holds a BS in Actuarial Mathematics and Finance from Concordia University.
Brian RoelkeChief Investment Officer, Kuvare Insurance Services
Brian leads the investment team at Kuvare. He brings decades of industry experience to the role, most recently as Head of Private Capital at Nuveen/TIAA, where he was also a member of the Board of Directors of Churchill Asset Management, TIAA’s middle market lending affiliate, and Churchill’s investment committee. Brian is a former board member of the Institutional Investors Roundtable, the Private Placement Investors Association, and the SOA’s Private Placement Experience Committee. He earned a BA in history and economics from Colgate University and an MBA in finance and accounting from New York University, where he was a Stern Scholar and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Jason MerrillVP, Structured Securities, Kuvare Insurance Services
Jason brings over 10 years of experience in a variety of structured credit sectors. His focus at Kuvare is on collateralized loan obligation investments. For over 7 years at Penn Mutual Asset Management, he led the investment efforts in collateralized loan obligations, asset-backed securities and mortgage-backed securities. Jason began his career in finance at Beneficial Life, where he focused on modeling and analysis of structured securities. Prior to his time at Beneficial, Jason worked as a mechanical engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Brigham Young University.
Jason PowersHead of Credit Investments, Kuvare Insurance Services
Jason is responsible for the private credit, CLO, asset-backed and corporate credit sectors. Before joining Kuvare, he spent 17 years at Wells Fargo Securities, most recently as Co-Head of the Corporate Debt Finance group, where he managed the structured credit and CLO businesses as part of the Asset-Backed Finance unit. Prior to that, Jason worked in the High Yield Special Products team at Banc of America Securities focusing on restructuring advisory services for stressed and distressed high-yield issuers. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of South Carolina.
Robert C. Restrick, IVManaging Director, Kuvare Insurance Services
Bob leads the commercial real estate investment efforts. With decades of industry experience, he was Head of Commercial Real Estate Lending at Sabal, establishing a CMBS platform and brought their first securitization to market. He also served as Head of Walker & Dunlop’s investment management and was CEO for their commercial property funding business. Restrick’s additional experience spans notable senior leadership positions with CreXus Investment Group, Annaly Capital Management's Commercial Real Estate Group, CWCapital Investments, GMAC Commercial Capital Initiatives, Pentalpha Capital, Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley. Restrick has a BA degree in political science and economics from Bucknell University and MBA in finance from Rutgers University.
Don HaberManaging Director, Commercial Real Estate Investments
Don heads credit, underwriting and asset management for the commercial real estate investments effort. He has over 30 years of varied experience in commercial real estate debt and equity. He previously held senior positions in the commercial real estate groups at numerous financial institutions and publicly-traded mortgage real estate investment trusts, including Lehman Brothers, GMAC-Commercial Capital Initiatives, Barclays, Cantor Fitzgerald - CCRE, Annaly Capital Management, Ladder Capital Finance and Exantas Capital. Don started his professional career as a certified public accountant at KPMG. He is a graduate of The University of Florida, Fisher School of Accounting.
Brian KurtzHead of Investment Operations & Reporting, Kuvare Insurance Services
Brian leads the investment operations and reporting functions at Kuvare. He has over 16 years of industry experience, most recently as Director of Investment Operations, Reporting, and Analysis at Sammons Financial Group. Previously, he worked at Deloitte within the assurance practice, where he served financial services clients. Brian attended Bradley University, earning a BS in Finance and Quantitative Methods.
Katherine StablerChief Legal Officer, Kuvare Insurance Services
Katherine provides strategic legal counsel to Kuvare’s investment team. With over a decade of private fund investment and legal experience, she most recently served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Nuveen where she focused on the private equity and agribusiness investment markets. She was previously in private practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP, specializing in private equity fund and hedge fund formation, structuring and operational management. Prior to law school, Katherine was an associate at Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P., and began her career as a financial analyst at Jones Lang LaSalle. Katherine graduated from DePaul University and received her juris doctor from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
Faisal KassamDirector, Asset-Backed Investment, Kuvare Insurance Services
Faisal leads the firm’s Asset-Backed investment efforts. Previously at Waterfall Asset Management, he led the origination and structuring of private Asset-Backed debt facilities and special situation private equity investments collateralized by a wide variety of traditional loan and esoteric asset types. Faisal began his career at Guggenheim Partners, where he originated and structured esoteric Asset-Backed securities, executed M&A transactions for specialty finance and fintech companies and invested in special situation aircraft debt and equity transactions. Faisal attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a BA in Economics.
Ira KaplanDirector, Portfolio Management, Kuvare Insurance Services
Ira leads the portfolio management initiatives with 25 years of industry experience. He previously managed core credit strategies and asset management relationships at Prosperity Life, was Head of US Admin Re® Portfolio Management, was on the board of directors for Aurora National Life, and was with MetLife's portfolio management unit. Ira is a CFA® Charterholder with an MBA in finance from New York University and a BS in Statistics & Biometry from Cornell University.
Matthew XirinachsInvestment Associate – Credit
Matthew focuses on originating, analyzing, executing and monitoring debt investments across a diverse range of industries, strategies and structures. Before joining Kuvare in 2021, Matthew performed various roles at Blackstone, most recently within the firm’s Insurance Solutions group where he was involved in the development, structuring and portfolio management of investment solutions for insurance companies. Prior to that, Matthew was a member of Blackstone’s Corporate Development, Real Estate and Credit groups. He graduated from Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business with a BS in Finance and International Business.
Chris BlakeTrading Operations Specialist, Kuvare Insurance Services
Chris brings a breadth of investment and operational experience to Kuvare from his prior roles in investment management, asset custody, and fund accounting. He was most recently focused on the custody aspect of trading operations with Millennium Trust Company. Prior to that Chris worked with the Corporate Actions Teams at Jackson National Asset Management as well as Guggenheim Partners where he gained broad experience within the middle and back offices of insurance investment operations environments. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from DePaul University in Chicago.
Roberto GaribayOperations Specialist, Kuvare Insurance Services
Roberto supports the investment operations functions at Kuvare. He has over 17 years of industry experience, most recently as an Insurance Client Service & On-Boarding Specialist at Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC. Previously, he worked at CNA Insurance within the investment and finance areas, where he served as an accounting manager. Roberto attended University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting.