June 09, 2015 09:00 ET

Goji Names Steve Kezirian as New Chief Executive Officer

Proven Leader to Drive Rapid Growth

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Jun 9, 2015) - Goji, the country's largest online, independent auto insurance agency, announced the appointment of Steve Kezirian as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. Kezirian will drive the company's continued expansion as it scales to meet the rising demand for a hassle-free, transparent way to comparison shop for auto insurance. 

Kezirian succeeds interim CEO James Ermilio, who will be transitioning back to Chief Insurance Officer and Board Director roles. Designed to simplify the purchasing experience, Goji provides a quick and easy way for drivers to compare carrier, policy and pricing options. Immediately connecting buyers to a licensed agent who can provide unbiased guidance on which policy to choose, Goji empowers consumers to confidently select and purchase the right auto insurance policy.

"The Goji team is transforming how consumers shop for car insurance by making the process faster, easier and more transparent. Our goal is to make buying car insurance hassle-free," said Justin Dangel, Goji's founder and Chairman. "Steve's proven leadership in the customer service industry and extensive background in call center management will help us deliver the best possible experience for our customers as we continue to grow. He has the management skills, operational discipline and passion necessary to achieve our mission for consumers."

Prior to Goji, Kezirian was Chief Executive Officer of IBEX Global Solutions (LSE AIM: IBEX), a provider of outsourced contact center solutions with a focus on complex, technology-intensive applications. In his role as CEO of IBEX, Kezirian oversaw the operations of over 12,000 employees across 23 locations in six countries. Earlier in his career, he held executive roles at CG Technology, Sprint and Kezirian holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

"Its foundation and culture of innovation and analytics set Goji apart in the industry. The opportunity to lead the Goji team as we scale the business and deepen our partnerships with the carriers was an opportunity I could not pass up," said Kezirian. "I look forward to working with the leadership team to build upon Goji's early successes and lead the charge into the next era of auto insurance."

About Goji
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Goji is changing the way people shop for auto insurance. By combining proprietary technology with unbiased advice, Goji makes it easy for customers to compare and buy insurance from more than a dozen major carriers all in one place. Seven years in the business gives Goji (formerly Consumer United) the experience and data needed to provide the quickest and most accurate quote estimates in the industry, bringing transparency to the insurance marketplace. Goji is backed by Spark Capital, Thayer Street Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, and Five Elms Capital.

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