Insurtech Briza lands industry star James C. Riviezzo as Head of Business Development

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Insurance-as-a-service API Briza continues its market expansion with key industry hire to lead carrier-side growth

With this hire, Briza continues its commitment to bringing star talent from both the insurance and technology industries in order to enable the digital evolution of commercial insurance.

Briza, the creator of an insurance-as-a-service Application Programming Interface (API) connecting insurance agencies with carrier underwriting systems, announces the expansion of its leadership and further commitment to new partner acquisition via the newly created Head of Business Development role.

Briza is pleased to announce today that James C. Riviezzo joined the company as Head of Business Development, and will focus his efforts on expanding relationships with insurance carriers, MGAs and brokerage partners seeking to develop digital distribution solutions for commercial insurance. James will report directly to CEO Ben Munro, and will be based in New York, NY.

Munro had the following to say: "With this hire, Briza continues its commitment to bringing star talent from both the insurance and technology industries in order to enable the digital evolution of commercial insurance. We look forward to having James on the team."

James brings over 20 years of financial services sales leadership experience to Briza. Prior to joining Briza, Mr. Riviezzo spent over six years at American International Group (AIG) as Director of the firm's US Client Engagement Practice, responsible for creating strategic solutions for the firm's largest and most complex clients and brokers – and executing an outcome of improved customer experience, greater institutional engagement, and targeted growth opportunities. Prior to AIG, James led marketing, sales, and client relations for the Northeast region of the United States for Safety National Casualty Corporation, and began his insurance career as a broker with Marsh, USA.

James attended the University of Miami and received his BA in Economics from Merrimack College, and a Performance Leadership Certification from Cornell University. James resides in New York City, where he is actively involved with several civic, nonprofit and charitable groups, including serving as a Board Governor for The John Street Insurance Association, City Harvest, Monday Night Hospitality, and the Corporate Volunteers of New York.

"I am excited to join the team at Briza, and thrilled to become part of the future of digital distribution in the property and casualty insurance industry. Briza has amassed an incredible pool of talent from around the world to construct the tools allowing for better collaboration between insurance carriers, brokers and agents. Together with my colleagues, I am eager to focus on expanding the size and breadth of our product partnerships, and unleashing the potential of APIs to radically improve the customer buying experience," shared James C. Riviezzo.

About Briza

Briza’s proprietary API allows commercial insurance agents and brokers to quote, bind, and issue policies online. Briza was founded in 2016, and is led by CEO Ben Munro, CTO Rishi Sharma, and COO Dominic Bortolussi. Briza has distribution agreements with leading insurers such as CNA, Liberty Mutual, Berkshire Hathaway Guard, Markel, EMPLOYERS, Crum & Forster, and tech-enabled providers like Coalition. Institutional investors include 500 Startups and Investment Group of Santa Barbara. Other investors include co-founder and board chair Mike McDerment (CEO and co-founder of Freshbooks), Briza co-founder and CEO Ben Munro, and notable angels such as Sid Sankaran, CEO of SiriusPoint Ltd., Alon Neches, former Treasurer of AIG, Sharon Ludlow, former CEO of Swiss Re Canada, and Louis Beryl, founder and CEO of Rocketplace.

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