Donald Light

Donald Light

Director, Americas Property/Casualty Practice

Donald Light is the Director of Celentís Americas Property/Casualty Insurance Practice. His coverage areas include: technology and business strategy, transformative technologies such as digital strategy and the Internet of Things, new business and underwriting, policy administration, claims, M&A due diligence.

His recent consulting work includes: developing a strategic IT plan for a specialty insurer, vendor selection advisory work for rating, policy administration, and claims; a build vs. buy analysis for core systems; and several due diligence projects for acquisitions.

Mr. Light is widely quoted in the press and media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist, NBC and CBS Evening News, CNBC, National Public Radio.

He†is a frequent presenter at industry conferences including those sponsored by ACORD, LOMA and IASA.

Prior to joining Celent, Mr. Light was an insurance subject matter expert with Sapient and for his own firm Donald Light Consulting, where he advised senior managers at major insurers and other financial institutions. He has also held a senior research position in Allstateís Research and PlanningCenter.

Mr. Light has a B.A. cum laude in economics from PrincetonUniversity, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Here’s a thought experiment. Imagine that you manufacture some things – let’s call them automobiles. And imagine that in those automobiles you’ve installed bunches of computer systems to control steering, braking, transmission, engine performance, and even record GPS-determined locations. Let’s call these computer systems electronic control units (ECUs). And imagine that these ECUs generate streams of data that are potentially highly valuable to organizations...
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Once it becomes socially normal to have a personal relationship with an artifical intelligence, insurersí (and many other service industriesí) sales and service processes will change dramatically
Telematics data is going to be increasingly valuable in determining causation and relative responsibility for auto accidents.
Progressive's decision to charge Snapshot drivers more if their driving data indicates higher risk has started the industry down a road of data-driven adverse selection.
From a health care, health insurance and Internet-of-things perspective, questions still remain.
Tort and liability issues will flash a yellow go-slow light for driverless cars for years, but will not shut down the road altogether.
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Technology is poised to shake up the auto insurance marketplace; industry veterans discuss how and when that will happen.

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