5 June 2015News

Essent Re lures former PartnerRe exec

Essent Group’s Bermuda-based reinsurer, Essent Reinsurance, has strengthened its senior leadership with the appointment of a president and chief underwriting officer.

Joseph Hissong has been appointed as president. He joins from Cartesian Re Group where he served as executive director. Prior to this, he was the executive director and head of private equity/strategic investments for PartnerRe, where he sponsored PartnerRe’s original investment in Essent.

In addition, Paul Wollmann was named chief underwriting officer. Wollmann has been with Essent Re since 2009.

Mark Casale, chairman and chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to have someone with Joe’s background and experience joining Paul and the other members of our Essent Re team. Paul has done a terrific job in getting Essent Re up and running and I look forward to the both of them leading Essent Re into the future.

“Additionally, as the sponsor of PartnerRe’s original investment in Essent, Joe understands Essent’s business, our thoughtful approach to investing in mortgage risk and the opportunity that Essent Re offers our company.”