May 25, 2021

Upland Capital Group, the E&S casualty, property, and specialty insurance provider that launched earlier this year, has announced the hiring of Mark Jones to be its Chief Risk Officer, Chief Actuary, and Head of Analytics. In this role, Jones will manage the enterprise risk of the organization as it continues to implement its strategies for steady, long-term growth.

Jones brings with him 25 years of industry experience, most recently as the Director of Advanced Analytics, Technology and Actuarial at PwC and an earlier term as Vice President–Senior Actuary at Hallmark Financial Services Limited. He will report to the company’s Chairman, President, & Chief Executive Officer Todd Hart.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to add Mark to our growing company,” said Hart. “Not only have several of us had the pleasure of previously working with him, but also his forward-looking, data-driven mindset perfectly meshes with our modern approach to specialty insurance.”

A frequent speaker on subjects such as pricing and analytics, Jones is an advanced analytics expert and credentialed actuary with in-depth knowledge of P&C insurance operations. He will bring to Upland Capital Group deep technical knowledge in artificial intelligence, machine learning, model development and production deployment, cloud-based processes, and data architecture. He is also a co-author of “Data Quality Management in the P&C Insurance Sector,” a monograph published by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS).

“It’s an incredible opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a start-up focused on using data-driven technology, AI, and machine-learning to make its processes more efficient, so this role was very appealing to me,” added Jones. “My prior relationships with and respect for Upland Capital Group’s management team sealed the deal. I’m excited to use my analytics background to help Upland become the ultimate modern insurer.”

About Upland Capital Group
Upland Capital Group is an E&S casualty, property, and specialty insurance provider that was founded in 2020. Based in Dallas, Texas, Upland Capital is focused on becoming the most nimble, disciplined, and profitable specialty insurer by building a great company where “we entrepreneurs” can master their underwriting craft. Upland Capital is funded with over a $200 million of equity line by Newlight Partners and executive management.

For more information, please visit www.uplandcapgroup.com.


Blake Zipoy