Leadership

Risk Solutions Leadership Team

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  • Mark Kelsey

    CEO

  • Bill Madison

    CEO, Insurance

  • Rick Trainor

    CEO, Business Services

  • Lee Rivas

    CEO, Public Sector and Health Care

  • Rebecca Schmitt

    SVP and CFO

  • Vijay Raghavan

    Executive VP and CTO

Mark Kelsey

Chief Executive Officer Close
 

Mark Kelsey is Chief Executive Officer for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®, a leading provider of essential information that helps customers across all industries and government predict, assess and manage risk. Appointed to this position in December 2012, he is responsible for driving revenue and merging market needs with cutting-edge technology, unique data and advanced scoring analytics.

Kelsey is also Chief Executive Officer for Reed Business Information (RBI). In this role, as well as his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, he has led the company's transformation from traditional publisher to a provider of data and marketing solutions, as well as online community and job sites, magazines and business leads.

His career with Reed Business Information has spanned 28 years. He started his career in Marketing and was appointed to the Board in 1992 as Managing Director of Estates Gazette.

Both LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Reed Business Information are part of Reed Elsevier, a leading publisher and information provider.

 

Rick Trainor

Chief Executive Officer, Business Services Close
 

Rick Trainor is Chief Executive Officer, Business Services and Content for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. Named to this position in July of 2009, Trainor directs the unit's strategy, market and product direction, and manages the sales and vertical marketing teams for the business unit's banking, receivables management and corporate/emerging markets. In addition he manages the company's content acquisition, bulk content fabrication, sales and licensing, along with managing our two specialty businesses: VitalChek and Signature Information Solutions.

Previously, Trainor served as Senior Vice President of Content and Data Services. In that capacity, Trainor was responsible for all content acquisition, along with bulk content fabrication, sales and licensing.

Prior to joining LexisNexis, Trainor was Vice President of Content for Seisint, a privately owned Boca based company, which was acquired by LexisNexis in 2004. In this position, he was responsible for all content acquisition. Prior to 2001, Trainor served as Vice President of Contracts and Program Management for Diveo Broadband Networks, where he managed significant vendor financing agreements and the contract management aspects of building out world-class data centers and fixed wireless networks across Latin America.

Trainor serves on the Board of Directors for Zoo Atlanta. He earned his BS in Accounting and MS in Finance from Boston College.

 

Bill Madison

Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Close
 

Bill Madison is CEO, Insurance, for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. Madison is currently responsible for all insurance transactional business, including solutions for underwriting, claims, analytics, and international markets, as well as for pursuing new market initiatives in life insurance, homeowners insurance, telematics, and auto rental.

Madison has played a key role in the integration of data services into multiple channels and in transforming LexisNexis from being a data provider in insurance to providing a holistic approach to risk analysis, underwriting, and claims processing that includes process enhancement. These innovative solutions have helped insurance carriers achieve significant improvements in performance.

Madison joined the organization in 1989 as part Equifax's acquisition of Innovative Research Inc., where he was a member of the leadership team which developed several products that revolutionized auto insurance underwriting. When the company's insurance services team was spun off from Equifax to create ChoicePoint, he was instrumental in transitioning the organization into a standalone unit.

During his tenure, Madison has served in a variety of roles, including customer sales representative in the Personal Lines (auto and home) market, then later as Vice President of Sales for the Insurance Data Services division where he was responsible for the National Accounts Program, in addition to all ChoicePoint data sales activity.

Madison earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va. He lives in the Atlanta area with his family.

 

Lee Rivas

Chief Executive Officer, Public Sector and Health Care Close
 

Lee Rivas is Chief Executive Officer, Public Sector and Health Care, for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. Named to these positions in 2013, Lee is responsible for driving revenue and merging market needs with technology solutions. In addition he manages U.S. and International Operations, which include Customer Service, Compliance and Regulatory support and Consumer Advocacy.

Previously, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager for the screening business of LexisNexis. He led a transformation of the screening business leading to the successful divestiture of the business. He has held also several other leadership roles at LexisNexis in Product, Sales, and Strategy.

Prior to joining LexisNexis, Lee spent three years at the strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he was an Engagement Manager specializing in strategy, marketing, and sales force improvement for Fortune 500 companies. Previous to McKinsey, Lee spent five years in the U.S. Army where he served in a variety of operational roles including M1A2 tank platoon leader and M3A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Reconnaissance platoon leader. He was stationed at various U.S. locations and in the Middle East where he participated in operations in Kuwait.

Lee serves on the Board of Directors for the Children's Museum of Atlanta. Lee graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Political Science where he was a member of the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

 

Rebecca Schmitt

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Close
 

Rebecca (Becky) Schmitt is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. In this role, she is responsible for leading the finance function, including planning and analysis, financial reporting and various accounting functions. The finance team is focused on providing analysis and recommendations that support the decision making of the business to drive profitable growth.

Previously, Schmitt spent twenty years with various divisions of Sara Lee Corporation. Her most recent role was Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Sara Lee Branded Foods, a $1 billion division that included the Sara Lee Bakery portfolio. Other roles crossed a variety of financial disciplines, including integration of several acquisitions, planning and analysis, general accounting, accounts receivable and supply chain finance.

Schmitt serves on the Board of Directors for Hands on Atlanta. She also holds a certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation and earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Hanover College, and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.

 

Vijay Raghavan

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Close
 

Vijay Raghavan is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®, and for Reed Business Information - a sister company within Reed Elsevier. In this position, he is responsible for technology development, R&D, information systems, security and operations. A 25-year information technology veteran, Raghavan has deep expertise in the management of complex technology functions, with oversight of full software development lifecycle and support functions for sophisticated, high-availability applications and for high-performance supercomputing platforms.

Previously, Raghavan served as Vice President, Insurance Technology, LexisNexis, where he was responsible for all aspects of application development and maintenance of the core insurance applications.

Prior to joining LexisNexis, Raghavan held senior executive positions at Paragon Solutions, where he was Chief Technology Officer; and at McKesson, a Fortune 15 company, where he was Vice President, Product Development within the Imaging Solutions Group.

Raghavan holds a B.E. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and is currently enrolled in an Executive Education Program in strategy and innovation at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

 
  • Scott Sessler

    SVP, Strategy and Business Development

  • Donald Welsko

    Executive VP, Human Resources and Corporate Communications

  • Meredith Sidewater

    SVP and General Counsel

Scott Sessler

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development Close
 

Scott Sessler is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. In this role, he is responsible for strategic planning, acquisitions, strategic business development projects and competitive intelligence.

Sessler's involvement with this business unit began in 2000 as a member of the team responsible for the acquisition of RiskWise International, which ultimately led to the establishment of the LexisNexis risk-focused business. He joined the Risk business in 2001, with responsibility for strategic planning, business development and competitive intelligence. Sessler has been an active participant in large-scale acquisitions including RiskWise, Dolan, Seisint and ChoicePoint, which have grown the business from $46 million in 2000 to $1.4 billion in revenues, and has also been a key driver in the divestments of several non-core businesses. He has also served as Venture Associate to the Reed Elsevier Ventures Fund.

Prior to Sessler's role in LexisNexis, he led the Strategic Marketing function within the Nexis organization. He joined LexisNexis in 1986 as a senior business analyst, and has held a variety of positions in strategy, business development and finance.

Sessler earned his BBA in Finance and Accounting at the University of Cincinnati, and his MBA from The Ohio State University. He is also a certified public accountant (inactive) in Ohio, and serves on the Strategic Communications committee of TechnologyFirst, a nonprofit trade association based in Dayton, Ohio.

 

Donald Welsko

Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications Close
 

Donald Welsko is Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. LexisNexis Risk Solutions – with reported revenue of 1.5 billion in 2012 and more than 3300 employees – is a global leader in providing essential information that helps customers across all industries and government assess, predict and manage risk. In his role, Welsko leads the development and implementation of all Human Resources strategies that help drive revenue growth, customer satisfaction and employee engagement for the organization.

Welsko joined LexisNexis in 2008, and spearheaded the employee integration strategy for the $4 billion dollar acquisition of ChoicePoint, commencing an integration that nearly quintupled the size of the business unit. As head of Human Resources, he oversaw Recruiting, Compensation, Talent Development and the HR Business Unit Generalists. In 2011, Welsko added oversight of Internal Communications, Community Relations and LexisNexis’ CARES, a company-wide community outreach program for employees. In 2013, his responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of the Human Resources function of LexisNexis’ sister company, Reed Business Information (RBI). RBI earned revenue of 900 million in 2012, with more than 3800 employees around the world. In January 2014, Welsko assumed responsibility of the Risk Public Relations function.

With more than twenty years of operating and executive human resources experience, Welsko has held positions with PepsiCo (Frito Lay), General Electric (GE Capital), Sears, The Limited, and Philips Electronics. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta and North Fulton Chamber of Commerce organizations.

Welsko holds a BS degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University, an MBA from Jacksonville University, and the SPHR designation from the Human Resource Certification Institute.

 

Meredith Sidewater

Senior Vice President and General Counsel Close
 

Meredith Sidewater is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. In this role, she is responsible for all legal, compliance and regulatory matters.

Prior to assuming this role, Meredith served as Vice President and Lead Counsel for the Insurance business of LexisNexis, continuing in a similar role she had held since 1999 at ChoicePoint Inc., prior to its acquisition by Reed Elsevier in 2008.

A board member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, Meredith is also active with the Bright Pink organization as a PinkPal, serving as a one-on-one supportive resource for young women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Meredith holds a BA in history from the University of Michigan, and earned her law degree at the University of Georgia School of Law. Meredith lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.