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A series of interviews with prominent reinsurance industry executives, discussing the state of the global reinsurance market, opportunities for growth in reinsurance, disruptive factors and the influence of technology on risk transfer and reinsurance.

Re/insurers overestimate the value of AI, says Swiss Re CEO Mumenthaler

18th September 2018

Reinsurers have overestimated the value of artificial intelligence (AI), which has shown very limited successes in the vast majority of the value chain and which will not be applicable in the foreseeable future, according to Christian Mumenthaler, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Swiss Re. Speaking in a German language interview with ... Read the full article

Companies that don’t embrace change face irrelevancy: Ed CEO Steve Hearn

14th September 2018

Companies that fail to embrace new dynamics and “Continue to peddle the old model” will ultimately become redundant, says Steve Hearn, Chief Executive Officer of the London and global insurance and reinsurance brokerage, Ed. In a conversation at the Reinsurance Rendez-vous with Hearn and Kieran Angelini-Hurll, CEO of Reinsurance at Ed, ... Read the full article

Companies that have embraced tech will be well placed for the future: Faries, Tokio Millennium Re (Bermuda)

11th September 2018

Reinsurance companies that have started to adjust their operations and that have embraced the rise of technology are positioning themselves well for the future, according to the Head of the Bermuda branch of Tokio Millennium Re AG (TMR), Kathleen Faries. Reinsurance News recently spoke with Faries to discuss trends in the ... Read the full article

Tremor’s “smart market” platform is a new nexus for risk transfer: Founder & CEO, Sean Bourgeois

10th September 2018

Tremor Technologies, Inc.'s (Tremor) "smart market" platform can become a new nexus for risk transfer through its use of the latest technology that aims to improve both the efficiency and transparency of the wholesale risk and reinsurance industry, according to Sean Bourgeois, Tremor's Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Tremor ... Read the full article

Swiss Re anticipating “broadly stable” renewal rates, says CEO Mumenthaler

10th September 2018

Swiss Re is expecting reinsurance renewal rates to remain “broadly stable” given the current level of competition in the market environment, according to Christian Mumenthaler, Swiss Re’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Speaking in an interview with Reinsurance News, Mumenthaler said: “After many years of price erosion in major non-life insurance markets, ... Read the full article

Technology unlocking ‘un-modellable’ catastrophe risks, says CoreLogic’s Larsen

21st August 2018

Recent advances in technology and data analysis have opened new opportunities in catastrophe risk modelling, allowing companies to tackle perils that were previously considered ‘un-modellable’, according to Tom Larsen, Senior Director, Content Strategy at CoreLogic. Larsen explained that risk models support re/insurers in many aspects of loss mitigation for large catastrophes, ... Read the full article

Growth opportunities remain despite market challenges: Hannover Re CEO Wallin

18th July 2018

Despite ongoing competition and pricing challenges in many areas of the industry, various opportunities for growth remain open to re/insurers, including new lines of business, technological efficiencies, and emerging markets, according to Ulrich Wallin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hannover Re. Speaking in an interview with Reinsurance News, Wallin explained that ... Read the full article

“Cultural misalignment” hinders InsurTech innovation: Maffeo, Boost Insurance

17th July 2018

As technology continues to advance and increasingly looks to disrupt the global insurance industry, partnerships between incumbents and InsurTech startups are becoming more and more commonplace, however, cultural misalignment could be hindering innovation across the sector, according to Alex Maffeo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder, Boost Insurance. Speaking with Reinsurance ... Read the full article

Catastrophe market to remain highly competitive: Hannover Re CEO Wallin

13th July 2018

Natural catastrophe is set to remain the most competitive area for reinsurers, due primarily to an abundance of both traditional and alternative capital in the market, as well as the stability of catastrophe models following 2017’s huge losses, according to Ulrich Wallin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hannover Re. Speaking in ... Read the full article

Reinsurers must innovate to overcome pricing challenges: Hiscox’s McConnell

3rd July 2018

Reinsurers must respond to the challenges of the current pricing environment by innovatively adapting their portfolios and exposures, their use of technology, and their relationships with clients, according to Megan McConnell, Director of Underwriting, London at Hiscox. McConnell noted that reinsurance rates have not increased to the extent that was anticipated ... Read the full article

Re/insurers slow to adopt new tech risk being replaced, says Simplitium’s James Lay

26th June 2018

Re/insurance companies who are slow to adopt the numerous benefits offered by new and emerging technologies are likely to be supplanted by more enterprising firms, according to James Lay, Commercial Director of Insurance Business at Simplitium, a financial services solutions provider. Speaking with Reinsurance News, Lay noted that re/insurers have generally ... Read the full article

Wide ranges and divergent hurricane loss estimates 2017’s biggest surprise: Karen Clark

11th June 2018

After years without a major U.S. landfalling hurricane, Harvey, Maria, and Irma devastated parts of the region and the Caribbean in the second-half of 2017. But perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2017 storm season was the wide ranges and divergent modelled loss estimates for the events, according to Karen ... Read the full article

Intermediaries can create win-win value chain opportunities: RFIB & RTG CEO

7th June 2018

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of insurance and reinsurance broker RFIB and its parent the Risk Transfer Group (RTG), Steven Beard, is confident in the firm's ability to create opportunities throughout the value chain as it looks to expand its presence and capabilities as an intermediary. As part of its strategy to ... Read the full article

Information and education critical to tackling U.S flood risk, says Swiss Re’s Junge

6th June 2018

Tackling the challenge of U.S flood risk will require re/insurers to focus on educating property owners while at the same time developing more detailed resources, such as flood maps and risk models, according to Swiss Re Senior Treaty Underwriter Matt Junge. Although floods cause around $15 billion of economic damage every ... Read the full article

Typically, re/insurers choose to ‘bend or blend’ their risk modelling needs: GC’s Imelda Powers

23rd March 2018

Insurance and reinsurance industry catastrophe risk models constantly evolve and advance, but when adjustments are required, typically, companies must decide whether to “bend or blend,” according to reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter’s Global Chief Catastrophe Modeler, Imelda Powers. Speaking with Reinsurance News, Powers explained that many insurers and reinsurers utilise a mix ... Read the full article

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