Digital general insurance provider Acko has appointed Vishwanath Ramarao as its Chief Technology and Product Officer. Ramarao was earlier associated with Google. At Acko, he will lead the company’s technology strategy, product development and design.
He will also be responsible for the engineering, data science, product and design teams.
“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.”
He has held leadership positions across several multinationals/internet companies and has over 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.
He is a graduate in Engineering from the University of Bangalore, and holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University, Pennsylvania, United States.