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Executive Team

Bill Mudge

President and CEO

Bill Mudge is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the WCIRB, which he joined in 2011 following a 30 year career in the California insurance industry.

At the WCIRB, Bill has led a historic transformation of the company to become a leader in research and analytics, and the development of customer-valued products and services that are integral to a healthy workers’ compensation system.

Prior to joining the WCIRB, Bill held insurance company roles that included founding CEO of CompWest Insurance Company, CEO of Golden Eagle Insurance Company and Chief Underwriting Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Industrial Indemnity.

Bill has also held roles as Insurance Consulting Partner at both PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM. He began his insurance career in Risk Management for the Boeing Company in 1981.

Dave Bellusci

Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary

Dave leads the teams that are responsible for the actuarial, research and ratemaking functions at the WCIRB, as well as the WCIRB’s financial accounting team. With over 30 years of experience in the California workers’ compensation industry, Dave shares his breadth of knowledge as a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation related issues and by regularly representing the WCIRB at legislative and administrative hearings.

Dave is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuary Society and Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Brenda Keys

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Brenda leads the WCIRB's legal team which is responsible for managing the WCIRB’s regulatory filing process, handling appeals before the California Department of Insurance’s Administrative Hearing Bureau, managing the WCIRB’s intellectual property, monitoring legislation, and providing counsel on a wide variety of corporate and legal issues. Brenda is also responsible for overseeing compliance and risk management matters for the WCIRB.

During her tenure with the WCIRB, Brenda has served as a member of the California Department of Insurance’s Insurance Fraud Task Force, the California State Bar’s Insurance Law Committee, and the Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation Commission’s project on Illegally Uninsured Employers.

Brenda has been a member of the California State Bar since 1984 and is also a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association.

Eric Riley

Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

Eric joined the WCIRB in 1986 and has a wealth of experience across the WCIRB. As Chief Customer Officer, Eric leads the WCIRB’s initiatives focused on enabling those customer interactions that are critical to the WCIRB’s ability to provide trusted and objective products and services.

Eric oversees the WCIRB operational teams responsible for: publishing experience modifications; reviewing and auditing incoming unit statistical and policy data; conducting classification inspections and test audits; administering the standard classification system; managing the WCIRB’s data quality programs; and providing customer service via the WCIRB’s call center.

Michael Knibbs

Chief Information Officer

Mike leads our Information Technology (IT) team that provides our employees and customers a wide range of computer applications, data platforms and communication networks. The IT team develops new capabilities and ensures the viability and reliability of all our delivery platforms. 

Mike has a broad technical background, and has held senior roles in a number of California insurance companies including Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, CompWest Insurance Company and CSAA Insurance Group.