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Catherine Thomas joins QBE’s Equator Re and Blue Ocean Re

21st August 2023

Catherine Thomas has become the new Managing Director for QBE Blue Ocean Re & Equator Re and International Treasurer. Equator Re is QBE’s Bermuda domiciled captive reinsurer, and Blue Ocean Re is the captive reinsurer for its North American operations. Thomas joins QBE from AM Best, a credit rating agency, where she ... Read the full article

QBE’s H1’23 net profit soars to $400m on huge investment income

10th August 2023

QBE announced net profit after tax of $400 million for the first half of 2023, compared with $48 million in the same six-month period last year. The rise mainly owed to an H1 investment income of $662 million, versus a loss of $20 million last year, reflecting the significant increase in ... Read the full article

QBE North America and MGA Converge launch cyber insurance program

28th July 2023

QBE North America has announced the launch of a new cyber insurance program with Converge, a new managing general agent (MGA) that will act as program administrator. The program will be broken down into two separate distribution structures, ConvergeElements and ConvergeConnect. Each structure will have a distinct revenue focus and cyber ... Read the full article

MS Reinsurance hires QBE Re’s Hart Moede as Lead Underwriter

24th July 2023

Hart Moede has been appointed as Lead Underwriter for Treaty Casualty reinsurance business at MS Reinsurance, effective August 1. Based in New York, Moede joins MS Reinsurance after a near six year term at QBE Re where he currently serves as Vice President, Treaty Underwriter. He joined the firm in late 2017, ... Read the full article

QBE lifts FY catastrophe budget amid $700m in losses for H1 2023

20th July 2023

Primary insurer QBE has raised its FY 2023 catastrophe budget to around $1.33 billion as the firm reports an elevated net cost of catastrophes of roughly $700 million for H1 2023. In a recent H1 2023 results updated, the insurer highlights additional pressure on catastrophe costs following the series of North ... Read the full article

Peter Wilson joins QBE Board as Non-Exec Director

13th July 2023

Australian-headquartered re/insurer, QBE Insurance Group Limited has announced the appointment of Peter Wilson as a Non-Executive Director to the Group Board, effective 1 September. Wilson is an accomplished insurance executive and business leader with over four decades of experience, having served most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Axis Insurance, from ... Read the full article

Farrer Fisher becomes QBE’s Equator Re and Blue Ocean Re new CFO

19th June 2023

Hannah Farrer Fisher has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Equator Re and Blue Ocean Re, subsidiaries of QBE, an Australian-headquartered re/insurer. Equator Re is QBE’s Bermuda domiciled captive reinsurer, and Blue Ocean Re is the captive reinsurer for its North American operations. The new CFO joined QBE Insurance in 2022 ... Read the full article

James Haggerty named Head of Commercial Programs for QBE NA

8th June 2023

QBE North America, part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, has announced the promotion of James Haggerty to Head of Commercial Programs. In his new role, he will be responsible for building and strengthening the $1+ billion Commercial Programs portfolio, which includes both Property and Workers' Compensation programs. Haggerty will also lead the ... Read the full article

QBE and Sompo the latest re/insurers to quit NZIA

26th May 2023

QBE and Sompo Holidngs have both announced their resignations as a member organisation from the Net Zero Insurance Alliance. This news takes the total now exited from the NZIA to nine major insurance and reinsurance players. The QBE and Sompo Holdings exits come right after two other big firms, namely AXA ... Read the full article

QBE posts $130 million hit from natural disasters in late 2022, including winter storm Elliot

12th May 2023

Australian insurer and reinsurer, QBE Insurance Group Limited, indicated an adverse development of $130 million on natural catastrophe events which primarily occurred in late 2022, including winter storm Elliot in North America and certain Australian events. As a result of these increasing costs, QBE hiked its FY23 plan Group combined operating ... Read the full article

AM Best revises QBE’s issuer credit rating outlook to stable

9th May 2023

The Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) outlook of QBE Insurance Group, an Australia-based re/insurance company, has been revised to stable from negative by credit rating agency AM Best. QBE’s Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) was also affirmed by AM Best, as well as Long-Term ICR of “a+” (Excellent) ... Read the full article

Jamie Cook named Chief Partnership Officer of QBE Re

26th April 2023

QBE Re, the reinsurance division of QBE, has announced that it has appointed Jamie Cook as Chief Partnership Officer. In his new role, Cook will lead a team that is responsible for building more effective customer and broker relationships, as well as managing strategic partnerships with retrocessionaries and other capital providers. Based ... Read the full article

Marsh launches multi-line facility Fast Track, led by QBE

21st April 2023

Insurance broker and risk advisor Marsh has launched Fast Track, a new insurance facility led by QBE that is set to provide a “substantial amount” of additional “follow form” capacity to its clients globally across major lines of business. The brokers new facility is backed by a panel of A-rated global ... Read the full article

QBE promotes Debbi Wood to Head of Reinsurance Claims

20th April 2023

QBE, an Australian-based insurer has promoted Debbi Wood to Head of Reinsurance Claims. An experienced veteran within the industry, Wood has worked at QBE for nearly two decades. She joined the firm in 2003 as a Senior Claims Adjuster, and would serve in that role for just over 19 years. In 2010, QBE ... Read the full article

Sir Keith Skeoch named Non-Exec Chairman for QBE European Operations

19th April 2023

QBE European Operations, part of QBE Insurance Group, has appointed financial services industry leader Sir Keith Skeoch as Non-Executive Chairman. In his new role, he will work closely with Jason Harris, CEO, QBE International to drive forward QBE’s strategic ambitions. He will be taking over from Tim Ingram, who has retired ... Read the full article