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WINDSOR, Conn., July 1, 2019 - LIMRA today announced the 10 winners of its contest to recognize Rising Stars of Technology Innovation under 40 in the financial services industry. The contest searched for industry professionals who demonstrate leadership in technology within LIMRA member companies.

“Technology is continuing to have an impact on the financial services industry. Our winners have demonstrated innovative ways to use technology to improve the company’s business strategy or better perform in their jobs,” said Gina Birchall, chief operating officer, LIMRA and LOMA.  “We are excited to recognize these motivated individuals who are helping to advance the industry’s mission through technology.”

The winners will be honored at a reception during LIMRA’s Annual Conference, which will be held Oct. 27-29, 2019, in Boston. To learn more about the conference, please visit:

To view the winners and read excerpts from their nominations, please visit:  2019’s Rising Stars in Technology.


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Alyssa Arellano

Head of Data Management & Interfaces, Employee Benefits

AXA Equitable


Melisa Muraca

Assistant Vice President - Mobile & Wearables and Digital Health Solutions Delivery

Sun Life


Vishwa Balachandran

Manager, Application Development

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America


Devendra Pandya

Senior Manager, Tech Lead

SBI Life insurance Co. Ltd.


Austin Bichler

Senior Director Actuary

Allianz Life


Prindhorn Seksarn

Associate Director, Head of Customer Digital Platform

AIA Thailand


Derek Gobel

Business Architect

The Standard Insurance Company


Michael Strete

Senior Database Analyst

Valmark Financial Group


Gejie (Jason) Liu

Founder & CEO

Shanghai Leapstack Data Technology Co., Ltd.


Wittaya Supawarangkul

Senior Manager, IT Application Services - Business Automation & Analytics

AIA Company Limited - Thailand





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