December 14, 2022 (Shelton, CT) — As InsureTech Connect (ITC) continues to build on the success of its 2022 event in Las Vegas, the team has announced leadership changes to support the business and expand the brand internationally. 

Bill Harris, ITC’s Chief Revenue Officer, will lead the day-to-day event strategy, partnerships, and global brand expansion. One of the original investors and co-founders of ITC, since 2016, Bill has curated the flagship Las Vegas event, which is the world’s largest annual gathering of insurance innovation. Before ITC, Bill served as COO of a fintech company that served the nation’s largest retailers and held leadership positions in startups that transformed education and advertising. In his leadership role at ITC, he will lead brand and audience development, content creation, and client experience for ITC Las Vegas and the newly announced ITC LATAM event. His focused work on DE&I and his passion for moving the industry forward will best serve current and future ITC customers. Additionally, as ITC expands in Asia and Europe, Bill will lead the brand in event activations, audience growth, and experience. 

Drake Slaikeu-Lawhead has joined the ITC team as Managing Director for the newly launched ITC LATAM. ITC LATAM is a curated event focused on the unique needs of the LATAM market, taking place at the beautiful Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. The format is designed to cater to the needs of insurtechs, insurance carriers, and investors from around Latin America who are driving the industry forward and actively exploring new business opportunities, partners, investment, and knowledge. Drake joins the ITC Team with extensive experience in launching new conferences in a number of sectors – capital markets, investment, and energy – in emerging markets around the world, including energy events in South America. His diverse experience and in-region expertise will be instrumental in ensuring a successful launch of ITC LATAM this coming April.  

Greg Topalian, Clarion North American CEO, commented, “The ITC brand offers an exceptional global opportunity to continue to serve our customers and partners, and I am thrilled to be able to invest in the business and the team. As the brand continues to grow, we must ensure to delight and inspire customers by delivering exceptional service and experience, which the event was founded on. I am confident in our leadership team and their look towards the future for the ITC brand.”   

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For more information about ITC Vegas & ITC LATAM visit:
October 31 – November 2, 2023 | Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas, NV
April 24 – 26, 2023 | Fontainebleau Hotel | Miami Beach, FL 

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About InsureTech Connect: 

Founded in 2016, InsureTech Connect (ITC) is the world’s largest insurtech event, offering unparalleled access to the largest and most comprehensive gathering of tech entrepreneurs, investors, and insurance industry executives from across the globe. From its inception, ITC has focused on providing exceptional experiences and a steadfast platform for connections, sharing of ideas and solutions, and amplifying new technology, thought leaders, and disruptors. Over the last 6 years, ITC Vegas has been attended by over 30,000 people from 65+ countries and continues to expand worldwide with the introduction of ITC Asia (Singapore) in 2022; ITC LATAM (Miami) launching in 2023, and ITC DIA Europe Barcelona) in 2023.

About Clarion Events: 

Clarion Events operates over 180 events in 50 countries, from 15 offices in the UK, the US, South Africa, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, UAE, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. Clarion can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK.  More recently, the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now has interests in a number of global vertical industries, including energy, security and defense, electronics, technology, fashion, retail, gaming, and marketing. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness.

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