Ep199 Kera McDonald Swiss Re Corporate Solutions: Trendspotting and Avoiding Passivity
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by The Voice of Insurance Mark Geoghegan
4d ago
Today’s guest has had one of the broadest and most diverse careers of anyone I have interviewed. Today Kera McDonald is the Chief Underwriting Officer of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions but over more than 25 years she has been an actuary and a pensions consultant, a risk manager, an aviation underwriter and a senior executive in an internal audit team. I’d say that unique blend of experience is an excellent preparation for her current role, particularly as Swiss Re Corporate Solutions moves out of its remediation phase into a period of sustainable growth. Kera is direct and easy to talk to and ..read more
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Special Ep Mike Steel Moody's RMS: Answering a whole new set of questions
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by The Voice of Insurance Mark Geoghegan
1w ago
Today I’m talking to someone with an incredibly long and varied career at the intersection between science, technology and insurance and reinsurance, on both the broking and underwriting sides of the business. Now Mike Steel is General Manager of Moody’s RMS and is serving all facets of the industry from an independent perspective. The legacy RMS business effectively invented the insurance and reinsurance modelling industry and from the evidence that follows, it has been reinvigorated by its acquisition by global ratings agency and data and analytics firm Moody’s. I often liken the business ..read more
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Ep197 Robert Wiest CEO MS Re: A good plan and the capital to execute it
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by The Voice of Insurance Mark Geoghegan
2w ago
Today’s guest is Robert Wiest CEO of MS Re. After a long and distinguished career in both insurance and reinsurance, much of which was spent at Swiss Re, Robert took on his latest role in September 2022. With prominent career roles in both P&C and Life - in Europe and Asia Robert is an extremely well-travelled and well-rounded professional and this broad experience shines through in the podcast. Robert is comfortable on any subject and he’s the sort of person with whom anyone could strike up a rapport. MS Re has rebranded and re-set the image it wishes to project out into the market and be ..read more
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Special Ep: Ian Summers AdvantageGo and Jeff Cohen Zywave: Let the client choose what they want
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by The Voice of Insurance Mark Geoghegan
3w ago
Today’s episode showcases a really important advancement in the provision of technology to the insurance industry. Back in the early days of computerisation we installed different systems in our businesses to do different jobs. We didn’t expect them to talk to each other. And because each was made of proprietary tech  – they almost certainly didn’t. Nowadays we want systems to ingest data sources and the output of other systems and we expect these new outputs to be easily ingestible further down the chain by our own suppliers and all the different departments of our business as well as ..read more
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Ep196 Melissa Collett CEO Insurtech UK: A sector in its own right
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by The Voice of Insurance Mark Geoghegan
3w ago
Today’s guest is a big personality in the UK insurance sector who has been working in and around our industry for almost 25 years. After a working as an insurance lawyer, an ombudsman, a consultant and a Director at the Chartered Insurance Institute Melissa Collett brings a really well-rounded level of experience to her current role as the inaugural CEO of Insurtech trade body Insurtech UK. In this podcast we talk about why Insurtech UK has been set up and what items are top of its agenda. There’s a huge amount going on. The UK’s Insurtech scene is the largest outside of the US and the body ..read more
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Ep195 Adrian Cox: Beating Inertia
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by The Voice of Insurance Mark Geoghegan
1M ago
As CEO of Beazley, Adrian Cox runs one of our sector’s fastest-moving and best-rated insurance businesses and so any time I can get him behind a microphone and talking to me is time well spent. In the past year this firm has pioneered the placement of cyber cat bonds, undergone a major restructure with the formation of a US excess and surplus lines insurance company and made the most of the new opportunities being thrown up in North American property by more than doubling its underwriting volume there. In this podcast we talk about all these and an awful lot more. Adrian is excellent compan ..read more
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Ep194 1.1.2024 Renewals: It Feels Like The Time is Now
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by The Voice of Insurance Mark Geoghegan
1M ago
Today’s podcast carries on where we left off after the State of the Reinsurance Market Special Episode which was released after the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous of 2023. At Monte Carlo what everyone said they wanted after the great re-set of a year ago was orderliness. Buyers and seller alike wanted a period of rational calm after the storm which could be used to clear some of the debris and to rebuild strained relationships. And calm and rationality is what everybody got. Reinsurance capital, profitability and crucially, confidence all recovered and we ended with a largely flat renewal overall ..read more
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Ep193 Julie Wood CEO QBE North America: Acting on the best available information
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by The Voice of Insurance Mark Geoghegan
2M ago
Today’s guest has just become the CEO of a business writing over $7 billion in gross premium a year, which if it were a standalone company, would make her one of the most powerful female CEOs in the global insurance industry. This is a major business unit that has been through a substantial amount of change and re-focusing of strategy in recent times, but which is now well placed to resume profitable growth as favourable market conditions continue. The business is QBE North America and the executive is Julie Wood. Julie has an insurance career in its third decade with senior management expe ..read more
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Ep192 James Burns CFC: Classifying Cyber
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by The Voice of Insurance Mark Geoghegan
2M ago
We tend to take the institutions that serve our industry for granted. It almost seems that the hundreds of industry trade and standards bodies have always been there. So that’s why this episode is so interesting. Today’s guest is working on setting up the world’s first cyber loss classificatory body that from 1.1.2024 will serve the UK insurance and reinsurance industry and the wider UK society that it is supporting. We don’t do this very often so my chat with James Burns, Head of Cyber Strategy at UK-headquartered cyber and specialist MGA CFC is a unique chance to be in on the ground floor ..read more
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Ep191 Simon Bird, Brit: Bumping along the top
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by The Voice of Insurance Mark Geoghegan
2M ago
Today’s guest is a well-known and respected senior underwriter with a career going back forty years. Simon Bird, Group Executive Underwriter and Active Underwriter of Brit Insurance’s Syndicate 2988, is someone who I’d heard of thirty years ago when I was a broker, but I only ended up meeting  him twenty-nine years later. Regular listeners will have heard his wise contributions to the last two Monte Carlo State of Insurance and Reinsurance episodes. The rushed timetable of Monte Carlo made me wish that we could have a longer and more relaxed meeting to be able have far more detailed an ..read more
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