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Katie Partington Howarth takes CUO role at AXIS Re

29th January 2021 - Author: Matt Sheehan

AXIS Re, the reinsurance business segment of AXIS Capital Holdings Limited, has appointed Katie Partington Howarth as Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO) and Head of its Reinsurance Products Division.

In this role, Partington Howarth will be responsible for the global underwriting approach and portfolio management for all lines of business across AXIS Re.

Based in Bermuda, she will be a member of the Reinsurance Leadership Team, reporting to AXIS Re CEO Steve Arora.

Partington Howarth most recently served as Group Head of Ceded Reinsurance at Argo, where she was responsible for the implementation of the company’s treaty reinsurance and retrocessional purchases worldwide

Prior to that, she was Head of Underwriting Risk for Ariel Re, having served in a succession of senior roles at the company since its formation in 2005.


Partington Howarth joined Ariel Re from Benfield Ltd., where she spent four years as a catastrophe risk analyst and broker. She began her reinsurance career at E.W. Blanch in London.

“Katie is a highly accomplished and widely respected reinsurance leader. She brings unique versatility – combining technical underwriting skills, analytical and portfolio management acumen, and a commercial perspective,” said Steve Arora.

“With a proven track record of success in underwriting and managing portfolios across multiple global markets, Katie will play an important role as we continue on our path to be a profitability leader in the reinsurance industry. We are excited by her energy and caliber.”

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