Board and Advisors

Our board and advisors give Montoux the strategic direction to drive innovation and change for life and health insurers.

The Montoux board

Claudia van der Salm

Claudia van der Salm

Claudia’s career has spanned strategic and executive roles across the global insurance and technology sectors. Currently serving as a Strategy Partner at Google DeepMind, her tenure includes positions such as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Risk Officer, Transamerica Life at Aegon. Her leadership and vision are instrumental in driving the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, ensuring the delivery of sustainable, value-driven solutions across the industry.

Serge van Dam

Serge van Dam

Chair Person

Serge is a full time director of multiple high growth tech companies. He was previously CMO of M-Com, driving its growth to be the world’s leading mobile banking platform - acquired by NASDAQ-listed Fiserv in 2011.

Sam Knowles

Sam Knowles

Sam was the founding CEO of KiwiBank, and has worked extensively in governance for growth companies, including as chairman at Xero and a Director of Synlait Ltd, both publicly listed companies.

Allan Dawson

Klaas Stijnen

Klaas is the Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Montoux. He is an expert financial modeler, business actuary, and consultant with over a decade of experience working with some of the world's largest insurance brands in Europe and Asia, including PwC and Deloitte.


Jim Cristallo

Jim Cristallo, FSA, MAAA

Jim Cristallo has worked as an actuary and life insurance executive for over 20 years. He spent a vast majority of his career at New York Life Insurance Company in various finance and business leadership roles. His last role at NYL was leading the Individual Life product area, including business strategy, product management/development, competitive intelligence and third-party distribution. Prior to that, Jim successfully lead the Institutional Life business for 4 years. In 2021, Jim left NYL to pursue a new business endeavor. Jim graduated Tulane University with a degree in Mathematical Economics. He is a Fellow in the Society or Actuaries, Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Registered Representative and Principal.