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News on one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies, France headquartered SCOR.

SCOR is one of the leading global reinsurance company’s and our news covers SCOR’s news announcements, people moves, results and financial performance, as well as analysis of reinsurance market trends and interviews.

Regulator presses SCOR to separate Chairman & CEO roles

16th July 2020

The French financial regulator has told re/insurers in the country to separate the roles of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to improve governance practices. In particular, the move will put pressure on Denis Kessler, who holds both roles at French reinsurer SCOR, and on Thierry Derez, who holds similar positions ... Read the full article

Kessler’s age targeted in fresh calls for SCOR succession clarity

16th June 2020

Activist investor CIAM has renewed its attacks against SCOR’s management, once again calling on the reinsurer to provide clarity on its succession plans and to separate the roles of Chairman and CEO, both of which are currently held by Denis Kessler. This time, a letter penned by CIAM CEO Catherine Berjal ... Read the full article

SCOR Channel names Heads of Underwriting Insight & Terrorism

11th June 2020

SCOR Channel, part of SCOR’s Specialty Insurance platform, has announced the appointments of Christian Stanley as Head of Underwriting Insight and Christianna Vandoorne as Head of Terrorism and Political Violence. Stanley was previously the Casualty Executive of Lloyd’s’ underwriting performance management directorate. In this role, he was responsible for the oversight of ... Read the full article

Higher margins may offset fading investment income for major reinsurers: Fitch

29th May 2020

The financial earnings of the big four European reinsurers will be affected negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic in the short-term, but moving forward, improved technical pricing could largely offset fading investment returns, according to Fitch Ratings. As evidenced by first-quarter 2020 results, the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for the ... Read the full article

SCOR signs up to UN carbon neutral investment pledge

28th May 2020

SCOR has signed up to the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, an international group of institutional investors that have committed to decarbonise their portfolios to net-zero emissions by 2050. Convened by the United Nations (UN), the Alliance aims to help avoid a global temperature increase above the 1.5°C Paris target, and already ... Read the full article

SCOR cancels dividend, reduces Kessler’s compensation

26th May 2020

Global insurer and reinsurer SCOR has announced that its Board of Directors has proposed that no dividend be distributed for the 2019 fiscal year, while Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Denis Kessler has proposed that his annual variable compensation for the year be reduced by 30%. Following SCOR's performance in ... Read the full article

Speculation returns that Covéa could bid again for SCOR

13th May 2020

Following French insurer Covéa's decision to pull out of its previously-agreed deal to purchase PartnerRe from Exor, speculation around a potential renewed bid for SCOR has resurfaced. As we reported earlier today, the acquisition of reinsurer PartnerRe by Covéa has been cancelled, after owner EXOR declined to renegotiate the price ... Read the full article

COVID-19 concerns see Moody’s turn negative on SCOR

8th May 2020

Moody's Investors Service has affirmed SCOR’s Aa3 insurance financial strength rating as well as its debt ratings and the ratings of its subsidiaries. The outlook has been changed to negative from stable because Moody's believes the group is more vulnerable than other Aa3 peers in a stress scenario of higher mortality ... Read the full article

SCOR taps capital markets for $200mn of multi-year reinsurance capacity

5th May 2020

Global insurer and reinsurer SCOR has successfully sponsored a new catastrophe bond transaction, providing the Group with $200 million of multi-year risk transfer capacity from the capital markets, to protect against storms in the U.S. and earthquakes in the U.S. and Canada. SCOR has returned to the catastrophe bond market with ... Read the full article

SCOR reports immaterial COVID-19 impact as net income rises in Q1

29th April 2020

Global insurer and reinsurer SCOR has reported a 23.7% rise in net income to €162 million for the first-quarter of 2020 and a P&C combined ratio of 94.5%, as the company reports a limited impact from the COVID-19 pandemic during the period. The French reinsurer states that although its Q1 results ... Read the full article

COVID-19 shows need for more public risk management: Denis Kessler

24th April 2020

SCOR CEO Denis Kessler has said that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has raised new questions about the role of the state and highlighted the need for more public risk management. Speaking in an interview with l’Opinion, Kessler said that after the crisis has cooled down, states will have to concentrate all ... Read the full article

SCOR achieves 6.6% pricing increase at April renewals

22nd April 2020

SCOR Global P&C has reported a 6.6% overall increase in pricing at the April 1 renewals, which saw the reinsurer restructure some of its catastrophe business in Japan. The company grew gross premiums up for renewal by 5.7% at constant exchange rates to €504 million, and generated a 5.4% growth in ... Read the full article

Denis Kessler cautions against pandemic insurance scheme

20th April 2020

SCOR CEO Denis Kessler has cautioned against the introduction of a pandemic insurance scheme to mutualise operating losses for businesses, while acknowledging that the crisis could “change the course of history.” Speaking in an interview with Le Point, Kessler questioned the advisability and feasibility of relying on systems that mutualise business ... Read the full article

SCOR names Emmanuel Joffre as Chief Human Resources Officer

7th April 2020

SCOR has announced the appointment of Emmanuel Joffre as Chief Human Resources Officer with immediate effect, reporting to Group Chief Operating Officer, Romain Launay. Based in Paris after a transition period in New York, he will be responsible for all aspects of the Group’s human resources. Joffre previously served as SCOR’s Head ... Read the full article

CIAM reiterates SCOR succession, pay concerns after AGM delay

1st April 2020

Activist investor CIAM has welcomed SCOR’s decision to postpone its annual general meeting (AGM), but has repeated its criticisms of the reinsurer’s executive pay levels, while also reiterating its call for a clear succession plan. In a letter to shareholders last week, CIAM CEO Catherine Berjal accused SCOR of ignoring ... Read the full article

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