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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.

Casualty market disconnected from previous cyclical change: Newman, Willis Re

13th September 2019

In casualty lines of business the reinsurance tail is no longer wagging the primary dog, as the market has disconnected from previous cycle changes, according to Andrew Newman, President of Willis Re. In an interview with Reinsurance News, Newman discussed current dynamics within the casualty reinsurance market and underlined primary insurers’ ... Read the full article

Innovative data & tech enhances mutual value creation for Swiss Re: Eric Schuh

12th September 2019

The use of advanced technology and leading data-analytics supports Swiss Re’s innovation efforts as the global reinsurer keeps clients’ needs at the heart of everything it does, according to Eric Schuh, Global Head of P&C Solutions, Swiss Re. Being one of the largest reinsurers on the planet, Swiss Re has an ... Read the full article

Global reinsurance sector needs global corrections, says AXIS Re CEO, Arora

11th September 2019

Overall, current rate increases are not sustainable and the reinsurance market needs to correct itself on a global basis, says Steve Arora, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AXIS Re. Speaking with Reinsurance News at the annual meeting of the reinsurance industry in Monte Carlo, Arora, CEO of the reinsurance arm of ... Read the full article

Brokerage is not an expense, says Willis Re Deputy Chair Hvidsten

11th September 2019

Reinsurance brokerage costs and commissions are not an expense for reinsurers and Willis Re sees little demand for substantial change on broker remuneration, according to Deputy Chairman Mark Hvidsten. Speaking to Reinsurance News in an interview, Hvidsten laid out the value that he feels a reinsurance broker brings to its clients, ... Read the full article

Reinsurance is still as much art as science, says Allianz Re CEO, Amer Ahmed

10th September 2019

Despite the rise of technology and other market disruptions, relationships remain a key component of the reinsurance landscape and the business is still a combination of both art and science. This is according to Amer Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of global insurer Allianz’s reinsurance division, Allianz Re. Reinsurance News met ... Read the full article

Consistent underwriting & strong partnerships the focus for NewRe: CUO Klinger

10th September 2019

Over the next few years, NewRe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Munich Re, is committed to consistent underwriting and the establishment of strong partnerships across Europe. This is according to Artur Klinger, Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO) Property & Casualty at NewRe, who recently met with Reinsurance News to discuss the firm’s ... Read the full article

Technology won’t replace relationships in reinsurance: Hvidsten, Willis Re

10th September 2019

The important role technology plays in brokers’ service offering is set to increase and while it can and will help to improve efficiency, it’s unlikely to disrupt the reinsurance broking market, says Deputy Chairman of Willis Re, Mark Hvidsten. Technology continues to advance at a rapid pace and is increasingly influencing ... Read the full article

For protection gaps, the key issue remains demand: Vickers, Willis Re

10th September 2019

When it comes to closing much-discussed protection gaps the insurance and reinsurance industry cannot work alone and must partner with other organisations to help to increase demand for protection, according to James Vickers of Willis Re. The Willis Re International Chairman told us in an interview that “reinsurance alone cannot help ... Read the full article

Reinsurance pricing is still too low, says Swiss Re CEO Mumenthaler

10th September 2019

Christian Mumenthaler, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Swiss Re, believes pricing in the property and casualty (P&C) reinsurance sector is still at an unacceptable level despite improvements over the last two years. Mumenthaler told Reinsurance News in a recent interview that he was confident the market would continue to bring pricing ... Read the full article

PartnerRe CEO optimistic on market, sees private capital model as competitive advantage

9th September 2019

Emmanuel Clarke, the President and CEO of reinsurance firm PartnerRe, told us he is optimistic on market conditions, seeing the potential for rates to continue firming into 2020. Clarke also explained to us in a recent interview that he feels PartnerRe’s privately-owned capital model is a true competitive advantage, enabling the ... Read the full article

Improved reinsurance conditions to persist and on a wider scale: Althoff, Hannover Re

9th September 2019

More rational behaviour was evident across the reinsurance industry at the mid-year renewals and it’s expected that reinsurance prices and conditions will continue to improve through 2019 and into 2020, according to member of Hannover Re’s executive board, Sven Althoff. In an interview with Reinsurance News, Sven Althoff discussed the response ... Read the full article

Lloyd’s performance pressured, but corrective underwriting actions will help: Fitch

9th September 2019

The Lloyd’s of London insurance and reinsurance market remains under pressure as its underwriting performance has not lived up to expectations, but Fitch Ratings believes corrective actions taken will help. Speaking with Reinsurance News, Director of Insurance at Fitch Ratings Chris Grimes explained why the rating agency maintains a negative outlook ... Read the full article

Cyber unlikely to be a panacea for reinsurers: Vickers, Willis Re

9th September 2019

The still emerging cyber risk insurance and reinsurance market is not likely to prove the panacea that some hope it will, according to Willis Re International Chairman James Vickers. Vickers explained in a recent interview that while cyber risk is increasing rapidly around the globe, it is not yet clear where ... Read the full article

Reinsurance rate rises uneven & regional: Tony Melia, Willis Re

6th September 2019

Movements in reinsurance rates seen at mid-year 2019 renewals were not evenly distributed, with differentiation of cedants and regional price dynamics the order of the day. Willis Re International CEO Tony Melia explained to us in a recent interview that the reinsurance market has become increasingly nuanced, when it comes to ... Read the full article

Smaller reinsurers most vulnerable to takeover: Grimes, Fitch Ratings

6th September 2019

It is the smaller reinsurance firms that cannot take advantage of current market conditions and rate firming which are the most vulnerable to takeover right now, according to Chris Grimes of Fitch Ratings. Grimes, Director of Insurance at the rating agency, explained to us in an interview that despite the improved ... Read the full article

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