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Sears Merritt

Sears Merritt

Head of Technology Strategy, Enterprise Architecture & Data Science, MassMutual Financial Group

Sears is a Vice President with expertise in the areas of data science and analytics as well as enterprise and internet technology. Over the past 15 years, Sears has spent time leading and innovating in numerous industries, including healthcare, telecommunications, and financial services.


Sears currently leads MassMutual’s data science and advanced analytics organization. The team is focused on bringing data science, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to bear throughout the firm and driving change in the industry. Notable accomplishments include launching LifeScore Labs, a MassMutual wholly-owned subsidiary that aims to bring a standard, AI-driven risk score to life insurance industry for the purposes of meeting modern consumer expectations around fairness and transparency in digital decision making. Before that, he founded On The Spot Sports, LLC which designed and implemented a real-time machine learning platform for predicting within-competition events in college and professional basketball games. Before that, he was responsible for architecting one of the nation’s first regional tele-health networks in Colorado.


Sears holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.S. in Telecommunications, and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.B.A. from the Sloan School at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Sears is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has numerous patents and publications in the areas of machine learning, technology and financial services. In 2016, Sears was recognized as one of the life insurance industry’s top 25 innovators under 40 by LIMRA. He sits on the Innovation Committee for the American Council of Life Insurers.