The Insureon Solutions Leadership Team

Ted Devine
Chief Executive Officer

Before becoming CEO of Insureon in 2011, Devine held multiple executive leadership positions at Aon Corp, the largest insurance brokerage company in the world. Two of his most recent roles included President of Aon Risk Services, which boasts more than $5 billion in revenue, and CEO of AON Re. Prior to these positons, Devine spent 12 years as Director of McKinsey & Company helping Fortune 500 Companies improve their performance. The Michigan State University and University of Chicago alumnus is also the founder and CEO of 1WORLD Sports, a Chicago-based nonprofit aiming to inspire at-risk youth to succeed in sports and life.

Ralph Blust
President

From his role as Vice President at AIG Chicago in the early 1990s to his position with Insureon Solutions today, Ralph Blust brings more than 30 years of insurance industry leadership expertise. Blust joined Insurance Noodle (now known as Insureon Solutions) in 2010 and became part of the Insureon Leadership team during the acquisition. Prior to leading Insurance Noodle, he held executive positions at Willis Towers Watson, Crump / CRC, and AIG. Throughout his career, Blust has earned a reputation for developing initiatives that improve organizational efficiencies and produce revenue growth.

Brandon Hickey
Chief Operating Officer

Brandon Hickey brings more than 30 years of insurance industry expertise to Insureon Solutions. Over the course of his career, Hickey has held leadership position in both underwriting and industry placement. His executive roles include regional vice president in New York City and Washington D.C. for The Hartford Insurance Group and Chief Operating Officer for North East Agencies, a small commercial and personal lines wholesaler. In addition to earning a BA from Gettysburg College and an MBA from the University of Hartford, Hickey also holds a New York State Agent and Broker license.

Yuri Ter-Saakyants
Chief Technology Officer

Yuri Ter-Saakyants manages the technology, engineering, development, and quality assurance for Insureon Solutions. Before joining our team in 2012, he served as Senior Vice President of Technology at MediaBank (now MediaOcean, owned by the team that created Groupon, InnerWorkings, and Echo Global Logistics). As SVP, he grew the firm from its startup period, helped it implement a digital platform to meet the needs of the marketing industry, and built MediaBank’s first-generation integrated digital workflow system.

Andrei Utkin
Chief Marketing Officer

Andrei Utkin joined Insureon Solutions in 2015, bringing with him more than 15 years of marketing experience at firms like McKinsey, Capital One, and Neustar. While at Capital One, he established the company’s presence on digital channels, which led to the its standing as the top online marketer in financial services. In his roles as Director of Strategy Consulting at Neustar and Senior Associate at McKinsey, Utkin consulted clients across various industries on strategy, analytics, and digital marketing. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from Moscow State University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Belen Tokarski
Executive Vice President, Operations

Belen Tokarski brings 20 years of experience in business, insurance, and technology to Insureon Solutions. Before becoming a member of our executive leadership team, Tokarski spent 14 years at CNA Insurance. She was named to the Top 10 Women in Insurance Leadership list published by Insurance Networking News in 2011 and awarded the CNA Chairman’s Award in 2012. In addition to be a certified business architect, Tokarski also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell College and a MBA from DePaul University.

Brigitte Gearhart
Vice President of Client Services

After serving as Director of Client Services for Insurance Noodle (now Insureon Solutions) for more than three years, Gearhart became Vice President of Client Services for Insureon in May 2015. Before joining Insurance Noodle, she served in various technical and executive roles involving underwriting and risk management at Aon and Kingston Mutual Insurance Company, an insurance company specializing in writing more than 2,000 farms in Illinois.

Nicole Nelson
Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development

Prior to joining Insureon in February 2015, Nicole Nelson developed an expertise in medical, international trademark, and real estate law. She has held various clerk and associate attorney positions at firms like Slavin & Slavin, Merril Corporation, and Zlimen & McGuiness. Nelson received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Mercyhurst University and her juris doctorate at the William Mitchell College of Law.