ABIR reveals details of 25th anniversary leadership forum


The Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR) is marking its 25th anniversary with a leadership forum featuring a wide range of experts from the Bermuda insurance market.

The event is scheduled on July 10 at Rosewood Bermuda, and will see high-profile executives past and present participate in a trio of panel debates focused around the big themes impacting the industry, including the state of the industry and major trends affecting risk management.

“We’re honored that some of our industry’s best-known chief executives have committed to joining us at this special event highlighting the global impact of Bermuda’s all-important insurance sector,” said John Huff, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of ABIR. “We thank them and look forward to an afternoon of compelling conversation.”

“We expect an impressive turnout of global insurance industry leaders and stakeholders joining us in Bermuda, the world’s capital for innovative risk,” said Kevin O’Donnell, president and CEO of RenaissanceRe and current chair of ABIR. “It is remarkable to reflect on the evolution and contributions of the Bermuda reinsurance market since ABIR’s founding, with Bermuda reinsurers having paid more than $200 billion since 1997 to US customers alone. We look forward to thanking many of these clients for their partnership and support over the years. And, [we] are particularly pleased to welcome distinguished Bermuda leaders, as the Honorable Premier David Burt will open the forum and former premier of Bermuda Sir John Swan will offer closing remarks.” 

The event’s first panel discussion is titled, “Bermuda’s Risk Management Leadership—what the Future Holds.” It features as panelists: Pina Albo, CEO, Hamilton Re; Albert Benchimol, president and CEO, Axis Capital; Jeremy Cox, CEO, Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA); Marc Grandisson, president and CEO, Arch Capital; and ABIR chair O’Donnell.

Panel Two focuses on “Lessons Learned from the Past,” moderated by independent director Caroline Foulger, former chair of the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA). Panelists are: Michael Butt, former CEO of UK and Bermuda insurers, and chair, Axis Capital; Stephen Catlin, founder of Catlin, and chair of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF); Dinos Iordanou, former CEO of US and Bermuda insurers, and chair of Arch Capital; Don Kramer, serial reinsurer founder and current chair of ILS Capital Management; Fiona Luck, career insurance executive and director of the Lloyds Franchise Board; and Brian O’Hara, a career reinsurance underwriter, and the founding CEO of XL Group.

The day’s third and final panel, “Catastrophe Risk Management Leadership,” features as moderator Steve Weinstein, senior vice president and group general counsel of RenaissanceRe Holdings. Panelists are: Bryon Ehrhardt, global head of growth and strategic development, Aon; Kathleen Faries, head of Bermuda, Tokio Millennium Re; Mark Guishard, director of corporate and community Relations, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS); Lara Mowery, managing director and global manger property special risk, Guy Carpenter; and Representative David Santiago, Vice chair, Florida House of Representatives, Insurance and Banking Subcommittee.

According to ABIR space is limited.  Those who want to attend the should email Priscilla.Briones@ABIR.bm

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