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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.

“Exciting time” for Global Atlantic as clients seek post-pandemic optimization: Manu Sareen

15th June 2021

It is an “exciting time” in the life and annuity market as the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged low interest environment have created new opportunities for reinsurance players such as Global Atlantic. This is according to Manu Sareen, President for Institutional Markets at Global Atlantic and CEO of ... Read the full article

Claims inflationary trends in ‘new territory’, says Xactware’s Mike Fulton

9th June 2021

With the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season now officially underway, the market is in "new territory" with respect to inflationary pressures and the rise in material prices and labour costs, according to Mike Fulton, President of Xactware. As inflation becomes increasingly apparent in the wider economy, the latest in our sister ... Read the full article

Hurricane risk landscape is becoming more complex: RMS

3rd June 2021

RMS' latest update to its North Atlantic hurricane model continues to evolve the science of hurricane risk modelling, as the changing climate, growing exposures and changing market conditions drive an increasingly complex risk landscape, according to Jeff Waters and Ben Brookes. The latest in our sister publication Artemis' series ... Read the full article

AM RE’s Ernie Zayicek sees opportunities in post-covid US program market

14th May 2021

With a crop of strong Managing General Agents having weathered a program market further dislocated by COVID-19, AM RE Syndicate’s Ernie Zayicek sees an opportunity to help both high performing MGAs and reinsurance partners in facilitating their ambitions for growth in the US. Zayicek, who serves as Chief Operating Officer and ... Read the full article

Data is the currency of the re/insurance world: Kirk Conrad, BMS

11th May 2021

“The power of data has only grown with the explosion of what is available and what is tracked over time,” according to Kirk Conrad, BMS’s global head of analytics, who in a recent interview with Reinsurance News, discussed the importance of data and analytics within the reinsurance industry. When asked if ... Read the full article

“Happy tailwind” of rising premiums reducing expense ratios will tail-off: Vickers, Willis Re

23rd April 2021

Top-line growth has been helping global reinsurance firms to enhance their expense efficiency, but this "happy tailwind" won't last forever, warns James Vickers, Chairman, Willis Re International. Speaking with our sister publication Artemis in the latest of its Artemis Live series of video interviews, Read the full article

You can’t build a shiny new skyscraper on foundations of sand: Dun & Bradstreet’s Harrison

20th April 2021

The role of data & analytics is changing in the re/insurance industry but as carriers have looked to bolster their capabilities, a few things have served to hinder their efforts, according to James Harrison, UKI Head of Insurance at global data and analytics firm, Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). In a recent ... Read the full article

Industry ‘responded very well’ to severe U.S. winter weather event: Fulton, Xactware

15th April 2021

In a recent video interview for our sister publication Artemis a discussion took place between Xactware President Mike Fulton and PCS Head Tom Johansmeyer on the recent US winter storm and Texas freeze loss event. The severe winter weather and deep freeze event that affected a significant proportion of ... Read the full article

Hard work, underwriting remedies coming through for reinsurers: Vickers, Willis Re

13th April 2021

Efforts undertaken by reinsurance carriers to improve performance are starting to come through on an underlying basis, but while momentum is positive, there’s more work to be done, according to James Vickers, Chair of Willis Re International. Reinsurance News spoke with Vickers around the launch of the reinsurance broker’s full-year 2020 ... Read the full article

Data needs to be imbued with meaning if re/insurers are to benefit: Verisk’s Payne

9th April 2021

It is universally accepted that data is integral to the future-proofing of the insurance industry, however its value diminishes when insurers lose sight of what they set out to achieve, according to Tom Payne, Managing Director UK & Europe at Verisk Underwriting, speaking in a recent interview with Reinsurance News. With ... Read the full article

Good progress made at “disciplined” April renewals: Willis Re’s Vickers

7th April 2021

Willis Re’s James Vickers believes that reinsurers made “good progress” at an April renewal period that saw underwriting discipline and a continuation of the rate increases seen at 1/1. Vickers, who is Chair of Willis Re International, recently spoke to Reinsurance News alongside the release of Willis Re’s 1st View ... Read the full article

How catastrophe events can affect elections: Q&A with PCS’s Johansmeyer

6th April 2021

So far, there hasn't been a catastrophe that has directly affected a U.S. presidential election, but as highlighted by Hurricane Zeta in October of last year, there's clearly potential for major events to impact society more broadly. In reality, not that many states in the U.S. are prone to large catastrophes ... Read the full article

Post-pandemic, re/insurers must be more forward-looking: Harrison, D&B

31st March 2021

Historically characterised as stuck in its ways and slow to adjust, as the world emerges from the pandemic, the re/insurance industry has an opportunity to accelerate its transformation through investments into digital and data technologies for the benefit of both carriers and clients. This is according to James Harrison, UKI Head ... Read the full article

Pandemic will help insurance penetration in long run: GIC Re’s Srivastava

26th March 2021

Devesh Srivastava, Chairman-cum-Managing Director at GIC Re, believes that despite its challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has increased awareness about insurance products and will help penetration in the long run. Speaking in an interview with Reinsurance News, Srivastava discussed the impact of the coronavirus crisis over the past year, as well as ... Read the full article

There’s more to do but demand for cyber reinsurance is growing: Chatterjee, Envelop Risk

12th March 2021

In a recent interview with Reinsurance News, Ari Chatterjee from Envelop Risk discussed how the cyber re/insurance market has changed in recent years and why demand for protection is projected to rise. “The development of the cyber reinsurance market actually sped up quite a lot in the recent past and one ... Read the full article

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