Meet Our Team.

A collaborative team of fascinating, diverse and multifaceted individuals, and active citizens of the world. We wish we could introduce all 1,500 of us.

Michele Trogni

Chief Executive Officer

Michele Trogni

Chief Executive Officer

As our chief executive, Michele brings a 30-year track record of technology-led transformation in banking and financial services where she was Group CIO at UBS, and subsequently EVP of Consolidated Markets at IHS Markit. With a laser focus on leveraging technology and data to bring transparency, reduce friction and improve client experience, she is now leading the execution of our Open Insurance vision in the life and annuities industry. Michele is a member of the Deutsche Bank Supervisory board and serves as chair to their Tech, Data and Innovation Committee of the board. As an agent of change, Michele is in her element when she’s creating a win-win for those around her, whether that’s for her team, her clients, or her large family that motivate her each and every day. She has a passion for people, data & technology, and succeeds by fusing it all together with teams of talented people who share her vision and values. She’s an advocate for transparency and good communication and believes true innovation is the result of inclusive teams with diverse backgrounds, skills, and perspectives.

Riverside, CT

Brad Medd

Chief Technology Officer

Brad Medd

Chief Technology Officer

If you ask Brad, the point of technology is to enhance the human experience. Over his storied career of 25 years in the financial, healthcare and technology industries, he has mastered innovation, platform evolution, and product development. Prior to being named the CTO of Zinnia, he led tech transformations focused on cloud and agile delivery transitions for IHS Markit. To us, Brad embodies the ideal balance of science and creativity. Where do his ideas spring from? He’s an avid outdoorsman with passions that range from wildlife to growing tomatoes. But what we enjoy most about Brad is how he can tell a riveting story that somehow features both.

Chatham, NJ

Rob Frederick

President & Chief Operating Officer

Rob Frederick

President & Chief Operating Officer

Twenty-something years ago, Rob was surprised by the arrival of identical twin boys. Since then, Rob’s approach to life is to stay open to whatever presents itself. As our President and COO, Rob is a jolt of positive energy who brings over 25 years of expertise in the life and annuity industry. Rob has a classic midwestern spirit – yes, he’s a Hawkeye – and tirelessly works to create a wide-open future for our people, our clients, and our industry.

Minneapolis, MN

John McConnell

Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

John McConnell

Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

After nearly two decades in corporate finance, private equity, and business development, most recently with Eldridge our parent company, John has developed a keen eye for strategic investment. And that’s only part of the equation. When he joined Zinnia as our founding CFO, we immediately realized that he’s about so much more than just numbers. He’s about corporate strategy, capital allocation, contributing towards value creation, and commitment to the team. John enjoys chasing his young kids around the neighborhood on bikes, coaching their soccer teams, and running to clear his mind.

Riverside, CT

Mary Anne Durall

Head of Operations

Mary Anne Durall

Head of Operations

To some folks, mountains represent an unsurmountable task. When Mary Anne sees mountains, she feels a sense of freedom, independence, calmness and serenity. Which is exactly how a lot of us think of Mary Anne. As our Head of Operations, she’s a kind and nurturing leader devoted to our call and processing centers, plus the shared services organizations that support the administration of an absolute mountain of life and annuity policies.

Topeka, Kansas

Ian Jeffrey

Chief People & Culture Officer

Ian Jeffrey

Chief People & Culture Officer

A fanatical snowboarder, you’ll often find Ian shredding down white mountain runs, He’s a purpose-driven guy who believes in creating environments where people are excited to contribute, empowered to make decisions, and enjoy work every day. After decades helping spark the technology sector in Canada, and as the CEO and cofounder of Breathe Life, Ian came to Zinnia to try to create better life and annuities experiences. Actually, as Yoda said, there is no try. There is only Do and Do Not. Ian is squarely on the side of Do.

Montreal, Canada

George Esposito

General Counsel

George Esposito

General Counsel

With extensive experience in corporate law, technology, insurance, and financial services, George oversees Zinnia’s legal, compliance and risk operations.  George counsels on strategic planning and enterprise decisions. He is also the General Counsel of Everly, an affiliated D2C insurance agency. Prior to joining Zinnia and Everly, George spent many years as Deputy General Counsel of an international insurance holding company advising on matters including corporate law, M&A, asset management, commercial contracting, and insurance and regulatory affairs. Known for his determination, George leads initiatives that drive transformation, innovation, and success in organizations. He’s a deep thinker who loves to learn about what motivates people and business, and he has a passion for sports and exercise.

New York, NY

Emma Williams

Head of Marketing & Communications

Emma Williams

Head of Marketing & Communications

Emma has spent the last decade actively involved in the Montreal tech space, sparking innovation and nurturing startups. While there, she has been immersed in all aspects of scaling a business, from operations & finance, to marketing & customer support. But where she prefers to immerse herself is in the cool mountain lakes and under the dense forest canopies of her new home in British Columbia.

Vancouver, Canada

Josh Everett

CEO, India

Josh Everett

CEO, India

In Hindi, Josh means “excitement!” Which is exactly the kind of verve Josh delivers as our CEO of India. Oh sure, Josh has deep experience across the spectrum of life and annuities from project portfolio execution to business process outsourcing to strategy and governance. But you’ve never met anyone who embraces the adventure of the insurance business with the enthusiasm Josh does.

Gurugram, India and Lincoln, NE

Michael Celi

Chief Product Officer

Michael Celi

Chief Product Officer

Who would ever guess that Michael is a gifted athlete who spent time on the junior pro tennis tour? Fortunately for us, he still aces it every time. Michael’s skills have been seasoned by years in the competitive world of fintech, and he never takes his eyes off the ball. When he’s not designing product for Open Insurance, you’ll find him on the trail with his wife and two giant Rottweilers. But to Michael, they’re just sweet cuddly pups.

Woodstock, NY

Andrew Wallace

Head of Strategy & Planning

Andrew Wallace

Head of Strategy & Planning

A truly global citizen, Andrew has lived on three continents during his career in financial services and he believes in the importance of taking a world view. He’s a born problem solver who enjoys the pivot from macro to fine details. We depend on Andrew’s expert guidance, trusting that he considers all perspectives, helps us maintain alignment across functions, and works tirelessly to propel us forward. What’s more, he enlightens us. Andrew is a champion of LGBTQ diversity and inclusion in the workplace and aims to set an example for us all to follow. Andrew draws inspiration from Tim Berners-Lee, “We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.” The team at Zinnia wouldn’t dream of facing any challenge without Andrew on our side.

New York, NY

Jody Collins

Head of Talent Acquisition

Jody Collins

Head of Talent Acquisition

Jody likes to say, “You can never become an expert if you were never a beginner.” That sentiment drives her stellar performance in talent acquisition. And her genuine humanity. Jody is known for being honest, forthright and a wiz at assessing the needs of the company and the right fit for the position. Ok, so she never reached her dream of making the US ski team, but in its place are many new dreams. Besides, with the winning team Jody’s put together at Zinnia, it’s all downhill from here.

Brighton, CO