Sompo International unveils new chief underwriting officer


Sompo International Holdings (SIH) has revealed that John (Jack) Kuhn has added the position of chief underwriting officer for Sompo International’s Property & Casualty (P&C) business to his existing position of chief executive officer, global insurance at the firm.

The company said that Kuhn will provide leadership across the company’s insurance and reinsurance underwriting operations as Sompo International continues to build the overseas platform of its parent company, Sompo Holdings. Stephen Young, chief executive officer, global reinsurance, will report to Kuhn and will continue as a member of Sompo International’s P&C executive team.

John Charman, chief executive officer of Sompo International, commented, “With the significant expansion of our commercial P&C business, we need to leverage the considerable talent and expertise within our organization and evolve our leadership structure to support our strategic vision. With a demonstrated track record of transforming our insurance business, I have every confidence that Jack will successfully guide us to considerable future growth across both our insurance and reinsurance platforms.

“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Stephen over the last few years as he has led the transformation of our global reinsurance portfolio. I am confident that he will continue to provide excellent strategic direction and technical expertise, as we continue to develop our specialty reinsurance capabilities and extend our global reach.”

“I am very excited at the opportunity to take on broader responsibilities across both our insurance and reinsurance segments as we build Sompo International into a truly global integrated platform,” said Kuhn. “We have very strong management teams across both segments and I look forward to working with them as we further enhance our underwriting capabilities.”

Kuhn joined Endurance Specialty Holdings, the predecessor company to Sompo International Holdings, in November 2012 from AXIS Capital, where he was chief underwriting officer, Axis Insurance. Throughout his 30 year tenure in the insurance industry, Kuhn has built and led successful specialty insurance operations in the US and internationally in senior underwriting and management roles at Kemper Insurance and the Chubb Group.

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