Topa Insurance Company has promoted two of its executives to new roles – Kelly Yates (pictured above) as vice-president of claims and Tracy Tillinghast as assistant vice-president of information technology.
In his new role, Yates will have direct oversight of the company’s claims department. He will be based in Topa’s office in Calabasas, CA.
Prior to his promotion, Yates served as assistant vice-president of claims; in that role, he had direct oversight of the property and commercial auto claim units, as well as the special investigations units. He has been serving Topa for nearly six years, and has more than 18 years of multi-line claims experience. Before joining Topa, Yates was working for State Farm Insurance and State Auto Insurance.
As AVP of IT, Tillinghast will be responsible for “building productive and collaborative relationships” with both the company’s internal business departments and external partners, a release said. He will also help drive the company’s technology strategy and will be based out of Calabasas, CA.
Tillinghast has 25 years of insurance technology experience under his belt. He was most recently the director of IT product management for the firm and previously worked for the California State Automobile Association before joining Topa in 2018.