Meet our leaders.

John Forney, CFA

John Forney, CFA
Chief Executive Officer, President & Director

John Forney has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director since July 2020.

He joins the company with 20 years of experience advising and leading catastrophe insurance entities, most recently from his eight years as President and CEO of UPC Insurance.

Mr. Forney received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former U.S. Army Infantry officer and a graduate of Ranger School. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Deepak Menon

Deepak Menon, CPCU, ARM
Chief Operating Officer

Deepak Menon has served as our Chief Operating Officer since November 2020. Previously, he served as Chief Revenue Officer at UPC Insurance.

Mr. Menon has over 2 decades of experience in finance, sales and marketing of specialty insurance products.

Mr. Menon obtained a B.S in Finance from the University of South Carolina and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Tampa. Mr. Menon also holds the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations.

Brian Sheekey

Brian Sheekey
Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Brian Sheekey has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March, 2006.

Mr. Sheekey has over two decades of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining GeoVera, Mr. Sheekey was Chief Financial Officer of Tower Hill Insurance Group, Inc. a Florida-based homeowners insurer from 1998 to March 2006.

Mr. Sheekey specializes in areas of reinsurance, personal lines insurance, and surplus lines insurance in catastrophe-exposed markets. Mr. Sheekey received a B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University.

Nesrin Basoz

Nesrin Basoz, PhD
Chief Underwriting Officer

Ms Basoz is the Chief Underwriting Officer of GeoVera. She joined GeoVera in 2001 and was the SVP, UW/Analytics from 2008 to 2016.

She has nearly 25 years of experience in product development, applying data and business analytics to underwriting, catastrophe risk and portfolio management.

Ms. Basoz received her PhD in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, specializing in earthquake engineering and risk management. She holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Structural Engineering from METU Ankara, Turkey.

Mark Chequer

Mark Chequer
Chief Information Officer

Mark Chequer has served as our Chief Information Officer since January 2021.
Mr. Chequer has over three decades of experience in the computer industry. Prior to joining GeoVera, Mr. Chequer was Chief Information Officer for CSE Insurance Group for 6 years, and also has substantial experience in the eCommerce and supply chain field.
Mr. Chequer is passionate about creating cutting edge technology solutions and teams to support business needs, with his teams winning awards such as the Stevie Awards and CELENT Model insurer of the year.
Mr Chequer is also a certified CISO (Chief Information Security Officer).
Robert Hagedorn

Robert Hagedorn
Vice President, General Counsel

Bob Hagedorn has served as General Counsel since May 2013.  Mr. Hagedorn has over two decades of legal experience in the insurance industry.  Prior to joining GeoVera he was Assistant Chief Counsel at the California Department of Insurance.
Mr. Hagedorn received his Juris Doctor from the University of Santa Clara School of Law and a B.A. in U.S. Government from the University of Virginia.