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Why We Started Openly

Openly is a technology-enabled premium insurance provider working with independent agents.

Founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2017, the company takes a do-things-differently approach by bringing together cutting-edge technology, use of new data sources, and insurance expertise to provide more comprehensive coverage, greater customer service, and a modern insurance experience.

Simplicity and transparency are core to the Openly ethos all the way from our technology platform to our policy contracts.

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Why Is the Company Named Openly?

It's an adverb that means without concealment, deception, or prevarication, especially where these might be expected; frankly or honestly.

The technical definition is a great reflection of our culture and what we are aiming to bring to the insurance marketplace.

The transparency we bring is illustrated across our comprehensive all risk products, our distribution through knowledgeable independent agents, and the free flow of information, such as publishing our policy contracts online .

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Executive Leadership

Openly's executive team brings world-class expertise across insurance, technology, actuarial science, and operations.

Ty Harris

CEO and Co-Founder

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Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Ty Harris

Before founding Openly in 2017, Ty spent 12 years at Liberty Mutual, a top 5 global insurer, where he was most recently EVP and Chief Product Officer. In this role, Ty led an organization responsible for product, pricing, underwriting, and innovation across all personal lines of business.

Prior to Liberty Mutual, Ty did research at the Brookings Institution and taught economics and statistics at MIT and Northeastern. A Duke and MIT alum, Ty is also a fully credentialed actuary (FCAS).

Ty lives in Boston's Back Bay with his wife and two kids. He's an enthusiastic runner, snowboarder, windsurfer, and dad!

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Matt Wielbut

CTO and Co-Founder

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Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Matt Wielbut

Prior to founding Openly, Matt spent 4 years as a Partner at Elements Insurance, one of the fastest-growing property & casualty insurance agencies in Massachusetts, which he co-founded in 2013 and sold in 2020.

Matt began his early professional career on Wall Street where he spent 8 years at Goldman Sachs as a Vice President in Engineering with projects spanning operations, sales, and marketing.

Matt is a serial entrepreneur; investing time in projects ranging from graph-based concept search to improve the way consumers find local business to a platform to deliver hyper-specific educational videos to students to bridge the gap between school and home.

Outside of his entrepreneurial endeavors Matt works on personal programming and robotics projects and is an avid skier and sailor.

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Christopher Bacon

COO

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Chief Operating Officer

Christopher Bacon

Chris Bacon is the Chief Operating Officer at Openly, joining the company originally as the VP of Agent Engagement in August 2018. As Chief Operating Officer, Chris oversees the insurance operations which include, sales, agent experience, claims and marketing.

Prior to joining Openly, Chris spent 13 years at Liberty Mutual in a variety of sales and claims roles both in the US and internationally. In his last role, he was the VP of Global Claims Excellence. In that role, he led a team of claims experts that partnered with local country operations to optimize their claims experience.

Chris currently lives in Boston with his wife and two sons and is a passionate runner and golfer.

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Grant Owens

CPO

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Chief Product Officer

Grant Owens

Grant Owens is the Chief Product Officer of Openly, joining the company in June 2020.

Prior to this role, Grant spent 7 years working as an actuary at Willis Re, where he was most recently EVP and lead actuary in the company's Boston office, focusing on reinsurance treaty pricing and analytics support.

Grant began his career at Liberty Mutual, working in a variety of actuarial and product management roles. Grant is a fully credentialed actuary (FCAS) and holds an MS from The University of Chicago.

He currently lives with his wife and two children outside of Boston, and is an avid golfer.

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Our Team

Openly brings together a world-class team of forward-thinking actuaries, curious data-scientists, clever programmers, and customer and agent advocates. All of us share a singular vision to create the next great insurance company.

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