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October 24, 2013 — 6794 views

Insurance Thought Leadership Names Award-Winning Journalist Paul Carroll as CEO

Publishing Industry Veteran and Best-Selling Author Joins ITL to Build
the Platform and Expand the Community

MENLO PARK, CA—Oct. 24, 2013—Insurance Thought Leadership (ITL), an online publishing platform that promotes thought leadership in insurance and risk management through insightful articles and meaningful discourse, announced that Paul Carroll has been named as CEO. Carroll, a best-selling author who has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, will take ITL to the next level by expanding the roster of thought leaders contributing to the platform and by developing the audience.

Carroll joins ITL after a successful career as a journalist and consultant. Most recently, he co-founded The Devil’s Advocate Group, a consulting firm that stress tests corporate strategies and that has worked with some of the country’s largest companies, including in the insurance industry. Before that, Carroll started Context magazine, a national publication that explored how information technology would define business strategy. The magazine was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, the industry’s highest honor. Prior to Context, Carroll spent 17 years as a reporter, editor and bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. The paper nominated him twice for the Pulitzer Prize, and he was a finalist once.

Dave Dias, founder and chairman of Insurance Thought Leadership, said: “I’m delighted that Paul has joined us. We already have nearly 200 thought leaders writing on our platform and have tens of thousands of readers each month. Now, Paul’s experience and connections will take us to the next level—and the next and the next and the next.”

In addition to being a world-class journalist, Carroll is a thought leader who has written books (both under his name and as a ghostwriter) and spoken at important events in North America, South America and Europe. His books include:

  • Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM, a national best-seller in 1993 on the near-death experience of what was then the most important company in the world.
  • Billion Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years, written with Chunka Mui. The book drew critical acclaim in the Wall Street Journal and many other publications.
  • The New Killer Apps: How Large Companies Can Out-Innovate Start-ups, also written with Mui. The book, which will be published this fall, is drawing exceptional advance praise. Jack Greenberg, the chairman of Western Union and former CEO of McDonald’s, said: “I’m giving this book to every director I work with.”

Carroll said: “ITL is the future. While I loved my time at the Wall Street Journal, the really important writing goes beyond the news and gets to the ideas that will drive change. ITL can drive change in the world of insurance, and I believe insurance is ripe for change. It is going to see the kind of disruption that we’ve already seen in technology-driven industries such as photography and books and are now seeing in other fields that aren’t as directly tied to information technology. I’d like to be part of that change. I’d like to help ensure that the best people with the best ideas win.”

About Insurance Thought Leadership
Insurance Thought Leadership is an online publishing platform that curates and promotes the premier content about insurance and risk management and sponsors a community of thought leaders. Some of the keenest minds in the industry have signed up to be thought leaders on ITL, and the platform provides C-suite executives and thought leaders in insurance direct access to each other so they can have a meaningful exchange and become more knowledgeable. The company is based in Menlo Park, Calif. To learn more about Insurance Thought Leadership, go to

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