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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.

The private re/insurance sector is ready to tackle rising flood losses: Swiss Re’s Noriega, Wiese

21st May 2019

Insurers and reinsurers are ready to meet growing public desire for improved flood coverage as the risk of flooding to communities continues to rise across the globe, according to Swiss Re’s Santiago Noriega and Alexa Wiese. “On average, flooding affects more people worldwide than any other type of natural catastrophe because ... Read the full article

Most important wave of consolidation is around the corner: Twelve Capital’s Ramseier

13th May 2019

The next, and arguably the most important wave of insurance and reinsurance industry consolidation is around the corner, according to Urs Ramseier, Twelve Capital, Founding Partner, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Chief Investment Officer (CIO). Twelve Capital is a Zurich headquartered insurance and reinsurance linked specialist investment fund, with more than ... Read the full article

LockerGoga cyber attack was a wake-up call: Johansmeyer, PCS

9th May 2019

The LockerGoga ransomware attack was a wake-up call for the insurance and reinsurance industry and underlines the complex, emerging, and fast-moving nature of cyber risk, according to Property Claim Services (PCS) Co-Head, Tom Johansmeyer. LockerGoga is the strain of ransomware behind the recent Norsk Hydro cyber attack, as well as multiple attacks on ... Read the full article

157 Re provides valuable diversification for the expanding CCR Re

30th April 2019

The establishment of the first French domiciled collateralised reinsurance sidecar vehicle by state-backed CCR Re, supports the reinsurer’s ambitions to expand and diversify its catastrophe portfolio, according to Bertrand Labilloy, CEO of CCR Re. Launched at the end of March, 2019, 157 Re will assume a 25% quota share of the ... Read the full article

Bright spots exist but overall, longevity market has more to do on efficiency: Kessler, Prudential

26th April 2019

In certain instances, the efficient management of longevity risk transactions does exist, but as a whole, the marketplace has more work to do throughout the process, from start to finish. This is according to the Head of the Longevity Risk Transfer at Prudential Financial, Inc. in the U.S., Amy Kessler, who ... Read the full article

Swiss Re optimistic on long-term pricing prospects, says Ojeisekhoba

5th April 2019

Swiss Re is optimistic about its own long-term pricing prospects, as well as those of the wider reinsurance industry, despite the persistence of challenging market conditions. This is according to Moses Ojeisekhoba, CEO of Reinsurance at Swiss Re, who told Reinsurance News that the company was confident the competitive low-rate environment ... Read the full article

Technology key to Spinnaker’s role as conduit for risk and capital

29th March 2019

Spinnaker Insurance Company, a program and fronting start-up, sees the adoption and use of technology throughout the value chain as critical to its business model as it looks for increased scale. Spinnaker was launched in 2015, and focuses on writing property and casualty exposed programs from U.S. homeowners and specialty business ... Read the full article

Favourable conditions suggest record-breaking year ahead for longevity risk transfer: Kessler, Prudential

27th March 2019

Pension funds are continuing to take advantage of favourable longevity risk transfer conditions, and it’s expected that 2019 will be another record breaking year for the market, according to Amy Kessler, Head of the Longevity Risk Transfer, Prudential Financial Inc. of the U.S. Pension funds across the UK, U.S. and Canada ... Read the full article

Technology is Swiss Re’s solution to market challenges: Ojeisekhoba

25th March 2019

Swiss Re views the integration of new technologies as both a critical opportunity for growth and the solution to many of the challenging market conditions that have tested the re/insurance industry in recent years. This is according to Moses Ojeisekhoba, CEO of Reinsurance at Swiss Re, who told Reinsurance News that ... Read the full article

Digitalisation of the re/insurance sector has to happen, says Brit’s Jon Sullivan

20th March 2019

Jon Sullivan, Group Deputy Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO) at Brit, recently spoke with Reinsurance News about a number of market trends, including the renewals, technological advancements and disruptions, and also the changing climate. Global specialty insurer and reinsurer Brit’s fourth-quarter 2018 profits were hit by almost $200 million of catastrophe losses, ... Read the full article

Businesses need clarity to justify cyber investment: Brisson, Swiss Re

8th March 2019

Whilst the introduction of regulatory frameworks surrounding personal data continually heightens the legal and financial repercussions for a company seen to have mishandled it, obtaining sufficient cyber cover is becoming an increasingly higher-stakes game. In a recent discussion with Reinsurance News, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ Head Cyber Technology EMEA APAC LATAM, François ... Read the full article

AI technologies the “future of employment” for re/insurers, says Quantemplate CEO

6th March 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies should not just be viewed as a short-sighted cost cutting tool, but rather as the “future of employment” for re/insurance companies, according to David Lundgren, CEO of financial tech firm Quantemplate. Speaking in an interview with Reinsurance News, Lundgren noted that efficiency and cost ... Read the full article

Brokers key to future weather risk market growth: Malinow, Sompo Global Weather

30th January 2019

The weather risk market continues to expand and remains competitive for a sector with few experienced dealers, but for future growth potential to be realised, brokers have a key role to play, according to Martin Malinow, President of Sompo Global Weather, a division of Sompo International Holdings Ltd. Reinsurance News recently ... Read the full article

Cat modellers can learn from tech industry: Simplitium’s Lay & Jones

10th January 2019

With recent developments driving the need for ever more efficiency in the re/insurance industry, catastrophe modellers could benefit from emulating the approach of the technology sector, according to Simplitium’s James Lay and Matthew Jones. Lay and Jones noted that cost reduction was a central theme for many re/insurers during 2018, as ... Read the full article

2019 shaping up as busy year for insurtech Tremor: CEO, Sean Bourgeois

8th January 2019

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of InsurTech start-up Tremor Technologies, Inc., Sean Bourgeois, says that 2019 is shaping up to be very busy for the firm, after the successful completion of the first fully programmatic placement of a property catastrophe reinsurance program. Tremor’s open, technology-driven, programmatic marketplace for reinsurance risk placement ... Read the full article

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