Articles by Charles E. Boyle

‘Outside Forces’ are Changing the Industry: Markel’s Kumana Has Solutions

Darius Kumana leads a new team with a new mission that aims to bring the re/insurance industry into the 21st century. He recently joined Markel International in London as head of IT and Digital Strategy – specialties that until recently …

Solvency II’s Impact and Its Future Analyzed at EIF Conference

Solvency II – all 2000 plus pages of it – has been completed and is slated to go into force as of the first of January 2016. As befits a major reorganization of a major EU industry, it took a …

DIMA CEO on Ireland’s Recovery and Facing Neglected Challenges

Sarah Goddard, the CEO of the Dublin Insurance Marketing Association (DIMA), organizers of the European Insurance Forum, took time to discuss some of the issues the re/insurance industry faces, now that it has more or less coped with the Solvency …

European Insurance Forum Examines a Changing World

With the long journey towards a unified regulatory system for insurance in the European Union – Solvency II – finally appearing to be near its end, the re/insurance industry has realized that even greater challenges need to be addressed – …

UK Elects the Conservatives, but Question of EU Status Remains

“Heavy Fog In Channel. Continent Cut Off.” That often quoted newspaper headline, which dates from at least the 1930’s, captures the ambivalent feelings the British have about their European neighbors. Despite seismic changes, there’s still a significant portion of the …

Statement of XL CEO McGavick on Closing of Merger with Catlin

XL Group plc CEO Mike McGavick has issued the following statement upon the closing of the acquisition of the Catlin Group by XL. Dear Valued Partner: On behalf of Stephen Catlin and myself, I’m proud to let you know that …

U.S., Canada Ready Oil Train Safety Measures

Canada’s transport minister will be in Washington on Friday for a joint announcement with her U.S. counterpart aimed at harmonizing safety regulations on shipping crude oil by rail, a politically sensitive issue on both sides of the border. Lisa Raitt …

Solvency II Staggers Towards Finish Line: a Retrospective Analysis

It’s been a long process, but, according to Paul Fisher, deputy head of the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), who supervises insurance and regulatory risk, the introduction of the EU’s Solvency II regulations is nearing completion. In his …

Co-Pilot’s Ex-Girlfriend Tells of his Psychiatric Problems; Big ‘Gesture’ Plan

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner, killing 150 people, had told his girlfriend he was planning a spectacular gesture so “everyone will know my name,” a German daily said on Saturday. The Bild newspaper published an interview with …

Industry Expertise, Data, Capital Can Help Reduce Global Disaster Risks: Interview

Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary General’s special representative for disaster risk reduction, and Rowan Douglas, Willis CEO for capital, science and policy practice, have been hard at work preparing for a series of conferences and meetings dedicated to integrating the …