Ryan Rugg has over 18 years of diversified investment, banking and blockchain software experience and possesses an in-depth understanding of insurance markets, financial markets and economics. In addition, Ms. Rugg is an advocate for diversity in corporate management positions and its positive correlation with company financial outperformance.
Ms. Rugg currently leads IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) Blockchain service business for the Americas focused on financial services, digital assets, digital credentialing, supply, trade, telco and mobility. From 2019 to 2020, she was the Global Head of Industry for R3, an enterprise blockchain software firm working with a broad ecosystem of participants across multiple industries from both the private and public sectors to develop blockchain applications on Corda, an open-source blockchain platform, and Corda Enterprise, a commercial version of Corda for enterprise usage. She was responsible for the strategic direction of R3’s key verticals and is helping industry leaders capture the full benefits of blockchain for their businesses. Ms. Rugg joined R3 in 2016 as Head of North America and in 2017 was named Global Head of Insurance where she launched the Center of Excellence for Insurers and Reinsurers in partnership with ACORD (a non-profit, industry-owned organization that enables the success of the global insurance industry by leveraging the flow of data and information across all insurance stakeholders through relevant and timely data standards), which accelerated deployment of DLT (distributed ledger technology) solutions at scale within the financial services industry.
From 2009 to 2016, she was Executive Director at Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) where she collaborated across multiple facets of the business to develop multi-sector investment approaches for clients which were primarily asset managers and insurers. From 2003 to 2009, Ms. Rugg worked in Fixed Income at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM). She began her career at Lehman Brothers in 2002 in Technology, experiencing first-hand the inefficiencies in the legacy infrastructure which she is now working to solve. Ms. Rugg is currently on the board of a Insurtech SPAC called Delwinds, in addition to the Chair of Harvest Home, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to local, farm-fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods since 2012. Ms. Rugg is a graduate of The George Washington University.