John Karnes

John Karnes

Chief Financial Officer

“I strive to reduce friction and allow everyone to operate successfully and efficiently. The best part is, the better I do my job the more everyone in the organization and our customers benefit.”

With more than 20 years of CFO experience in strategic financial leadership, John has successfully guided numerous public and private equity companies through the complexities of operational excellence, maintaining compliance, raising capital, and maximizing value in today’s ever-changing business environment. With experience as both a CFO and General Counsel in the SaaS, cybersecurity, renewable energy, and transportation industries, he brings a unique blend of legal and financial expertise to Vertafore. 

Most recently before Vertafore, John served in CFO roles in the SaaS and technology industries at SambaSafety, Alert Logic, and Kior. Earlier in his career he served as CFO of well-known NYSE energy companies, including Mariner Energy and Houston Exploration Company. He earned a JD at the Southern Methodist University School of Law and a BBA in accounting at The University of Texas at Austin.

With a passion for giving Vertafore customers the tools they need to work more efficiently, John’s mission is to streamline all aspects of doing business with Vertafore so our customers can devote more of their time serving their customers.  

John’s 5 Fast Facts:

  1. What do you love most about your role at Vertafore?

The reaction I get from customers when I say, “Feel free to call me directly. I work for you, so if it’s important to you, it’s important to me!”

  1. How did you get into the InsurTech business?

Between my background in SaaS and decades in risk management, I have immense respect for insurance professionals, and InsurTech was a sector where I knew I could add value and make a difference. 

  1. What are you most excited about for the future of InsurTech?

In one word, change. Changing markets, products, connectivity, tools, and insights are impacting the entire insurance industry, and Vertafore can help our customers capitalize on the opportunity. 

  1. What’s your idea of the perfect weekend?

Riding my bike anywhere in the Rocky Mountains with family and friends.

  1. I’m coming to visit you! What are your favorite/must-do things in your city?

A trip to Denver must include experiencing its rich history. From frontier outpost, to cattle town, to Boom town, to today’s modern tech mecca – Denver is truly a town of legendary people and events!

Education
Southern Methodist University School of Law, Juris Doctorate
The University of Texas at Austin, BBA in Accounting
Experience
  • Chief Financial Officer, Samba Safety
  • Chief Financial Officer, Alert Logic
  • Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Clearly Petroleum
  • Chief Financial Officer, KiOR, Inc.
  • Principal and Chief Financial Officer, Highland Oil & Gas