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 brings extensive executive insurance experience from Europe, USA, and Asia Pacific, most notably in her recent roles as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Risk Officer, Transamerica Life at Aegon. She has a passion for building the future of insurance and creating life time value for all stakeholders involved.

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

Allan Dawson

Allan brings a wealth of governance, financial and international business experience to the Montoux Board, with a passion for supporting organisations and industries undergoing transformational change.  Currently serving as Chair of SaaS training software provider - Arlo Software Limited and a Board member of New Zealand's Electricity Authority (the industry regulator). Allan is a Chartered Accountant.


Peter Le Beau

Peter Le Beau, MBE, FCII, JP

Peter Le Beau is one of the best known consultants in life and health insurance protection; he began his career at British and European and in 1981 moved to Swiss Re where he was initially Head of Underwriting and later became Head of UK Marketing.

He left in 2001 to set up an independent consultancy, Le Beau Visage, which focused  on differentiation in the Protection sector. 

After starting Le Beau Visage, Peter joined forces with Andy Couchman of Bank House to form The Protection Review, which holds the pre-eminent event in the UK protection calendar; he set up a strategic discussion group called The-Net-Work which continues through the pandemic as the Virtual Network and celebrates its 20th birthday in May 2021 and in 2005 Peter and Clive Waller (CWC Research) set up the Income Protection Task Force to promote a greater awareness of the value of the product.IPTF staged the Seven Families campaign which is acknowledged as the most effective awareness campaign the UK protection industry has ever mounted.

Peter was a non-executive Chairman of Fineos, and a non-executive Director of Red Arc, HCB Group  and Exeter  Friendly before stepping down from those roles.

Peter was a regular contributor to Health Insurance, Financial Adviser, TechLink  and Money Marketing. He was also Course Director for the Strategic Marketing module run by the  Swiss Re Academy for several years. 

In 2007 Cover magazine voted Peter the most influential person in the UK protection industry over the previous 10 years and in 2009 he was voted Health Insurance magazine’s Personality of the Year. Peter was awarded the MBE for services to the Insurance Industry and Charity in 2009.

Troy Thompson

Troy Thompson, FSA, MAAA

Troy Thompson joined Ethos in 2021 and serves as Chief Actuary. He is accountable for insurance products, carrier relations, underwriting, product performance and actuarial assumptions. Troy joined from Legal & General America where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary and was accountable for products, reinsurance, underwriting, data science and valuation. His career also includes non-actuarial roles including insurance and investment company operational leadership and enterprise transformation at USAA. A mathematics graduate with honors from The University of Texas, Troy is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries and Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Steve Gathje

Steve Gathje

Steve Gathje worked as an actuary for almost 40 years before retiring in 2019. He held leadership roles at various life insurance, annuity and non-medical benefits companies. Most recently, from 2011 to 2019 he was Chief Actuary at Ameriprise.

During his professional career, he successfully led multiple actuarial function reorganizations which resulted in reduced turnover, reduced costs and higher effectiveness, implemented a number of large reinsurance transactions that resulted in lower risk, better returns and a more efficient use of capital, and played a key leadership role in the $1 billion sale of the life insurance and annuity business of a large multinational company

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.