Safelite has terminated a partnership with an Atlanta insurance technology company after just seven months.
The company announced Thursday it was dissolving a strategic partnership with Westhill Inc., which it announced in late January. Safelite had said in January it would integrate Westhill’s technology into its digital platform.
“Over the past few months, it became evident that our business models do not align in a way that leverages the strengths and principles of Safelite,” CEO Tom Feeney said in a brief statement announcing the move. He also resigned from his board position at Westhill, and the company declined to comment on further specifics.
Westhill uses a reputation-based management system to connect insurance carriers, subcontractors and policy holders under one platform, which it says removes inefficiencies from the claims process and expedites repairs. The technology was to augment Safelite Solutions – the claims management solutions arm of Safelite, which works with more than 200 insurance and fleet customers and thousands of service providers.
At the time the partnership was inked, Safelite called Westhill a “digital solutions company offering breakthrough technology that redefines the traditional property insurance claims process.” Safelite’s own business deals heavily in auto glass and windshield repairs.
“When a loss occurs, our commitment is to helping people get their lives back together as quickly as possible,” Feeney said in January. “Our partnership with Westhill will help take our customer service to the next level and deliver on our purpose of bringing unexpected happiness to people’s everyday lives.”
Westhill, founded in 2017, had closed on an undisclosed round of Series A financing last year from Eos Venture Partners, and since then has named a new CEO and announced expansion in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. Crunchbase estimates the company has raised $6.5 million in funding with Eos as the only listed backer.