Guidewire names industry expert Michael Howe Chief Product Officer

Michael Howe, Chief Product Officer at Guidewire
Michael Howe, Chief Product Officer at Guidewire

Guidewire announced the appointment of Michael Howe as Chief Product Officer, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Mike Rosenbaum. In this new role, Howe will lead product strategy, product management, product marketing and the Guidewire partner marketplace.

What does Howe bring to Guidewire in the role?

His organization will accelerate Guidewire’s application innovation roadmap driven by analytics, machine learning, and the generative artificial intelligence capabilities that Guidewire customers will require to effectively balance innovation and operational excellence.

Michael Howe is an accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in the enterprise software industry, with many years focused on the insurance industry.

As CPO at Applied Systems, Howe led product-related functions and oversaw expansion of Applied’s product portfolio, strengthening flagship products, launching products, and driving growth in new market segments across the insurance agent and broker channel. Prior, Howe held leadership roles in public and private equity-backed enterprise software companies.

What does the appointment mean for Guidewire?

Mike Rosenbaum, Chief Executive Officer at Guidewire
Mike Rosenbaum, Chief Executive Officer at Guidewire

“I am thrilled to welcome Michael Howe to the Guidewire management team. His deep enterprise software experience and insurance domain knowledge will help us hone our product strategy and innovation velocity,” commented Guidewire CEO Mike Rosenbaum.

“There has never been a more exciting time for tech-driven innovation in the insurance industry and Michael’s expertise will bolster our ability to foster industry-wide transformation.”

“Guidewire is defining the future of innovation for the P&C insurance industry, which made joining the company as CPO an exciting opportunity and an easy choice,” said Howe.

“I look forward to working with our customers, partners, and the entire Guidewire team to realize a strategic product direction that leverages existing and emerging technologies within our platform, applications, and content to position our customers for continued growth.”