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ABIR@25: Top executives to discuss insurance industry past, present & future at 25th-anniversary leadership forum

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Hamilton, Bermuda, June 5, 2018—An impressive who’s who of Bermuda’s global insurance market will discuss the state of the industry and major trends affecting risk management at a leadership forum marking the 25th anniversary of the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR).

The event, scheduled July 10 at Rosewood Bermuda, will see high-profile executives past and present participate in an afternoon of panel debates focused around big themes impacting the industry.

“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, ABIR President and CEO. “We thank them and look forward to an afternoon of compelling conversation.”

Kevin O’Donnell, President and CEO of RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. and current Chair of ABIR said, “We expect an impressive turnout of global insurance industry leaders and stakeholders joining us in Bermuda, the world’s capital for innovative risk. 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, 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.” Moderated by Mark Geoghegan, Managing Director of Insurance Insider, 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.

Keynote speakers between panels will be announced shortly.

The anniversary event, running 2:30–7:30pm, will conclude with a reception.

Space is limited.  For more details, and to reserve your space at the ABIR 25th-anniversary event, please email

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