Policygenius Adds Google’s Garr as VP of P&C Operations in North Carolina

July 2, 2020

Online insurance marketplace Policygenius has made its first executive hire for its North Carolina headquarters.

Erik Garr, who established Google Fiber’s operation in Durham, N.C, and was the director of strategy and operations at Google Cloud, will oversee property and casualty operations from Policygenius’ North Carolina headquarters.

Garr brings more than 25 years of experience to Policygenius, where he will be working to advance the company’s property and casualty insurance division. Policygenius has grown by 200% every year since launching in 2014 and just surpassed the 400 employee mark. In 2019, Policygenius launched its property and casualty insurance offering, which scaled to more than $10 million in revenue in less than 12 months, the company said.

Earlier this year, Policygenius announced $100 million in Series D funding as well as an exclusive accelerated underwriting life insurance product in collaboration with Brighthouse Financial.

Garr spent five years at Google, as the general manager for Google Fiber in North Carolina and was one of the first senior leaders Google Fiber hired in its eastern branch, establishing sales and business operations across several markets. Before his time at Google, Garr was a partner at consulting firm PwC, and prior to that helped scale Diamond Management and Technology Consultants from a small VC-funded company to a global publicly traded firm with more than 600 employees.

Policygenius announced its second headquarters in North Carolina in September 2019, where the company plans to bring more than 370 jobs. Policygenius worked with ON Partners executive search consultants to help make this hire.

Garr also previously worked for the Obama administration as general manager of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission. He spent an extended period of time as a technology and operations consultant to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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