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Donald Light

Donald Light

Donald Light is a director in Celent’s North America property/casualty insurance practice. His coverage areas include: technology and business strategy, transformative technologies (such as digital, the Internet of Things and driverless cars), core systems and insurance technology M&A due diligence.

His recent consulting work includes: developing a strategic IT plan for a specialty insurer, core system vendor selection support, a build vs. buy analysis for core systems and several due diligence assignments.

Light is widely quoted in the press and media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Forbes, NBC and CBS Evening News, CNBC and National Public Radio (NPR). He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, including those sponsored by ACORD, PCI and IASA.

Prior to joining Celent, 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 Allstate’s research and planning center.

Light has a B.A. in economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Articles by Donald Light

Suddenly, Driverless Cars Hit Bumps

Recent tests by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on two key ADAS capabilities cast doubt on the efficacy of these technologies and thus on how soon full autonomy is likely to affect auto insurance premium. Anyone insuring automobiles is paying a lot of attention to the development of ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and […]

Security for Core Systems in the Cloud

As more insurers consider moving some of their core systems to the cloud, many want to know how secure their data and applications will be. There are four major security considerations for cloud-based core systems: application risks, data risks, intellectual property risks and physical risks. See also: Why the Cloud Makes It All Happen   There […]

How to Reinvent P&C Pricing

The answer to P&C pricing may lie in the insurance credit score. That is basically a set of algorithms applied to data from credit reports that provide guidance for pricing and underwriting personal lines insurance. Although the score has been a source of political and regulatory controversy over the years, the use of insurance credit scores is […]

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