Meet Pete Frey, Nationwide’s new commercial telematics leader


When it comes to autonomous vehicles, much of the conversation has centered on personal cars. But the commercial auto industry is also going through a technological revolution, especially as smart devices, connected fleets and telematics change the way employees drive.

That’s why Nationwide just hired a commercial telematics director with more than 20 years of experience. Pete Frey will develop and oversee a usage-based insurance program and connected business fleet platform for Nationwide.

“Pete has been a leader in the telematics arena with deep industry knowledge and experience,” said Tony Fenton, vice president of Underwriting and Product for Commercial Auto, Casualty and New Product Development. “He will ensure that Nationwide establishes a world-class platform that provides benefits and value to commercial policyholders.”

Frey began his career in the automotive industry, followed by 15 years with American Family Insurance. For the past seven years, he developed a usage-based insurance telematics program and oversaw product management for two telematics service providers focusing on fleet management and connected car platforms. Frey has worked with multiple insurance carriers, automotive organizations and data providers in implementing telematics-based solutions aimed at customer engagement, driving safety and business insights.

Frey has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a management certificate in technology management and leadership from the Sloan School of Business. He has been invited as a speaker and panelist at multiple telematics- and technology-related conferences, and has also served as an advisor on numerous strategic connected car industry related efforts.