Seasoned Executive Joins Leading Online Auto Insurance Agency
CLEVELAND, OH – February 23, 2009 – Insurance.com, the leading online independent auto insurance agency in the United States, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Robert Klapper as its new Chief Executive Officer. Rob succeeds CEO and founder Dave Roush, who will remain Chairman of the Board and serve as a strategic advisor to the company during the transition.
"With his extensive marketing, planning, and insurance experience, Rob is the right leader to help drive our growth strategy and propel Insurance.com to the next level," said Dave Roush, Insurance.com Chairman and founder. "We're excited to leverage our success, as we continue to evolve the destination site for rates and information on all types of insurance."
"Rob is a seasoned executive with a strong track record of driving growth and building brand recognition," said board member Deborah Farrington of StarVest Partners and head of the CEO search committee. "We were very impressed with his motivational leadership style and ability to achieve outstanding results.
Rob was most recently CEO at One Day University, a lifelong learning firm, where he expanded the company's geographic footprint and built out its infrastructure to support growth. Prior to One Day University, Rob was CMO at Prosper Marketplace, the leading online peer-to-peer lender and one of Time Magazine's Top 50 sites of 2007. As CMO of 21st Century, he helped drive the growth of this $1.3B auto insurance firm by overhauling its marketing strategy, capabilities and organization. Rob spent 14 years at Charles Schwab, where he was recognized as one of the best business builders and team leaders at the firm. He held General Manager and Senior Vice President positions in Schwab's Independent Investor, Advisor Network, and Insurance & Annuity businesses. Rob's initiatives in these and earlier roles contributed to Schwab's significant growth. Prior to Schwab, Rob held several Product Management positions at Colgate Palmolive. He's a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and holds an MBA degree from the University of Virginia.
"This is an exciting time to join Insurance.com," said Klapper. "The company has already transformed how consumers shop for and buy auto insurance by streamlining the process into an easy online experience. Insurance.com has tremendous potential and I am thrilled to lead our efforts as we help consumers find a better solution for their insurance needs."
Insurance.com is the leading online independent auto insurance agency in the United States. Our innovative technology allows consumers to link directly to the rating systems of more than a dozen top insurance companies. We streamline the shopping process for consumers, empowering them to instantly compare rates, make the smartest decisions for their insurance needs and buy a policy online or by phone. Since 2000, millions of drivers have benefited from using our online shopping experience or speaking with our expert, licensed agents by phone. Headquartered in Solon, Ohio on the outskirts of Cleveland, Insurance.com also offers information for life, health and home insurance.
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