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Omaha National Group has appointed Bryan Connolly as chief operating Officer. Connolly, who co-founded Omaha National in 2016, previously served as chief financial officer.

Connolly has spent over two decades in the insurance industry. He began his career with Mutual of Omaha and later moved to a Berkshire Hathaway insurer, where he spent more than a decade, building data analysis and internal audit programs and ultimately leading their insurance and investment accounting teams.

“As CFO, Bryan led vital initiatives like the authorization of Omaha National Insurance Company, establishing our reinsurance program, creating robust audit and regulatory compliance systems, and most recently leading the AM Best review that resulted in the rating of A- (excellent). He has been a key member of the leadership team that has charted our path of growing rapidly while generating industry-leading loss ratios,” said Omaha National President and CEO Reagan Pufall. “Having him step into our top operational role will allow us to make full use of his exceptional talent, including leading the expansion of sophisticated data analytics throughout the company.”

Omaha National has raised $105 million in funding from Agman, Accomplice, HighSage Ventures, Tull Investments, and Cohen & Co.


MAPFRE USA has named Dana Whiteley as senior vice president of Business Development.

Whiteley, who is a Certified Public Accountant, has served in several leadership roles since joining the company in 2002, including vice president of Internal Audit, chief underwriting officer, and most recently, senior VP and chief risk officer.

Whiteley will oversee MAPFRE’s business development strategy in Massachusetts and the company’s Northeast Region, exploring new insurance solutions to drive sales and enhance the agent and customer experience. He replaces Keith Jensen, who is retiring from MAPFRE, effective June 30, 2022.


Corvus Insurance has appointed Paul Gaspar as chief data officer, effective immediately. He will lead Corvus’s data infrastructure evolution and innovation and is charged with scaling the company’s core data streams and identifying new sources of information to build upon the company’s core value to brokers, policyholders and risk capital partners.

Gaspar brings over 25 years of advanced analytics experience to Corvus. He previously served as senior vice president of Analytics, Insights and Planning at Wells Fargo, where he led the function for the bank’s Consumer and Small Business Banking Operations group. Prior to that, he founded and ran the Data Science practice of AIG in Asia.