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About / Leadership

Meet the bswift team.

The experience you have with our technology is as important to us as the experience you have with our team. Our people simplify benefits administration so that you can focus on what matters most: your people.

Get to know the bswift leadership team.

Senior Leadership

Julie Williams

Senior Vice President, Direct Client Services

Julie brings over 25 years of experience supporting large clients, with HR as well as health and retirement outsourcing and consulting.

Eric Strom

Senior Vice President, Service Center

Eric leads bswift’s Service Center and brings over 25 years of experience in the benefits administration industry.

Jane Zimmer

Senior Vice President, Client Services

Jane brings over 30 years of experience in client services, operational excellence, and benefits administration, and has a proven record of optimizing service delivery teams to provide a first-class client experience.

Justin Burns

Senior Vice President, Specialty Services

Justin brings over 18 years of client-centric leadership to bswift’s specialty solutions, technology and product development initiatives.

Brian Simmerman

Senior Vice President, Channel Partners

Brian brings deep experience in Channel Partner operations, technology know-how, and institutional knowledge.

Tracey Eisman

Senior Vice President, People Development

Tracey has more than 25 years of experience leading large-scale programs in Fortune 100 organizations focusing on people development, advancing talent and operational improvement.

Vinita Pilani

Senior Vice President, Product & User Experience Engineering

Vinita has over 25 years of technology leadership experience across three continents in the employee benefit administration and financial industries.

Todd Kuhse

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Todd has over 20 years of experience of hands-on application development and leading software development teams in the healthcare and technology consulting industries.

Mike Brown

Senior Vice President, Relationship Management

Mike brings 20 years of expertise in benefits administration, management, and technology.

Deena Rafferty

Senior Vice President, Specialty Services & Process Improvement

Deena brings more than 25 years of valuable experience in benefits administration, covering all benefit domains in a variety of roles.

Maria Keller

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communication

Maria is a marketing and communication professional with 23 years of experience in the employer healthcare and benefits administration space.

Robert Miller

Senior Vice President, Growth Strategy

Robert is the SVP of Growth Strategy and is responsible for the execution of growth and retention initiatives across the organization, including sales operations, RFP responses and client renewal processes.

Jim Rigdon

Senior Vice President, Sales

Jim brings 23 years of sales and client management experience to bswift. He is responsible for influencing bswift’s solutions to meet market demands, expanding bswift’s position in the market and achieving its growth objectives.

Don Garlitz

Senior Vice President, Channel Partners

Don leads channel business sales and business development as well as partner development for bswift.

bswift Advisory Council

At bswift, we’re driven to deeply understand and meet the needs of our clients and their employees. The bswift Advisory Council, comprised of a group of industry leaders and experts, provides us with strategic guidance and insights that help us deliver a cutting-edge, results-driven benefits administration solution for our customers.

Maria Yao

Maria Yao is a professional services executive with more than 25 years of experience leading client delivery operations at Alight Solutions, Aon, and Hewitt Associates.

Michael Sigmund

Michael brings deep expertise in Healthcare, Wellness, Fintech, Insurance, Retirement, Employee Benefits, and broader HR technology and digital solutions to bswift. He has served as President and/or Chief Commercial Officer of several leading firms in the Human Capital Management space.

Dave Mankowski

Dave is a growth executive with 25 years of experience in creating value for clients and business with expertise in go-to-market strategies, new business development, e-commerce, digital marketing, and managed services.

Lana Hillebrand

Lana is a strategic HR executive with over 25 years’ experience in human capital functions and leading people to drive transformational change through the organization. She most recently served as Chief Administrative Officer at American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP), a Fortune 125 company.

Scott Millson

Scott is an insurance and benefit technology executive with deep experience in designing and delivering industry leading benefits programs. Most recently, Scott was President of Employee Benefits with HUB International Florida.

Eric Grossman

Eric has dedicated his entire career to transforming the health care industry through next generation technology. He has served as CEO and CCO of several health care information technology companies.

John Hansen

John is a senior IT executive with 35 years of experience in benefits administration delivering innovation and platform modernization at scale, and building highly engaged technology teams. Most recently, John was the Chief Technology and Product Officer at bswift.