Steven Bessellieu, an executive with more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, is the new president of Sapiens America.

He will be based in RTP, where the company has its U.S. headquarters.

“Steven joins us as we enter an important period of growth and opportunity in the Americas,” said Itzick Sharir, chief executive officer of Sapiens International, in a statement. “He brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge to the organization and will help us drive ahead. Our goal is to make Sapiens International the leader in technology solutions for the insurance industry.”

Bessellieu was president of Sherwood International, an enterprise solution provider for the insurance industry, before joining Sapiens. He also has worked for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, New York, Alpha Insurance Company, Deloitte & Touche and Unisys.