Google’s Vishwanath Ramarao Joins Acko as Chief Technology and Product Officer
Vishwanath will lead the technology and product strategy at Acko, with a focus on customer-driven innovation
India’s first and fastest-growing wholly digital general insurance provider Acko announced the appointment of Vishwanath Ramarao as its Chief Technology and Product Officer. An experienced engineering leader for some of the biggest names in the internet technology space, Vish moves over from Google to join Acko’s senior leadership team, and will lead the company’s technology strategy, product development and design. At Acko, Vish will be responsible for the engineering, data science, product and design teams. He will spearhead Acko’s technology initiatives as it continues to deliver innovative products and services that not only meet the needs of its customers today, but also deliver exceptional customer experience.
“We’re excited to welcome a highly seasoned strategic executive in Vish. His leadership will provide new impetus to our technology initiatives“ said Ruchi Deepak, Co-Founder, Acko. She further added, “Given the exciting roadmap ahead, our immediate focus is to scale up and continue improving our customers’ experience, by investing in our team and technology. Having Vish on board underlines this focus: hiring the best talent and building technology driven solutions to deliver innovative and personalised insurance experience for all.”
On his appointment as Chief Technology & Product Officer at Acko, Vishwanath Ramarao said, “I’m looking forward to joining the insurtech movement and working with Acko to change the way insurance products are built and sold. It’s clear that Acko is at the forefront of defining and accelerating the next wave of insurance penetration in India with the help of advanced technology, new inventions, and a fresh approach toward insurance.”
Over the last two decades, Vish has held leadership positions across several multinationals/internet companies and has more than 15 patents, in mail, IM, Communication and search system design. Before joining Google Engineering, he was VP & CTO at Hike Messenger and was responsible for building and growing the Data Science (DS) Practice ground-up. Prior to that, as VP of Engineering at AOL, he rebuilt and launched their communication and media technology suites.
Vish is a graduate in Engineering from the University of Bangalore, and holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University, Pennsylvania, US.
Acko is India’s first and fastest growing insurance policy provider with its entire operations offered through the digital platform. Founded in 2016 by Varun Dua, a fin-tech serial entrepreneur, Acko provides innovative products with personalized pricing based on customer behaviour and data analytics.
Acko has raised a total of $107 Mn in funding till date from Amazon, Binny Bansal, Narayan Murthy’s Catamaran Ventures, Accel Partners, SAIF Partners, RPS Ventures, Intact Ventures, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder Infosys, Hemendra Kothari of DSP Blackrock, Atul Nishar – Founder & Chairman of Hexaware Technologies, Ashish Dhawan of Chrys Capital, Swiss Re & Transamerica Ventures.
Recently, Acko bagged the ‘Startup of the year-Fintech’ award organized by Entrepreneur India, and has been featured in LinkedIn’s Top 25 Startups in India list. It has also been featured in Business Today’s Coolest Startups List and ranked among the top ten firms in Insurance POST’s Top 100 Global Insurtech firms, both in 2018 and 2019.
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