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XL Catlin Names Gale & Littlemore to Lead Bermuda, London Reinsurance Units

XL Catlin’s reinsurance operations today announced two key leadership appointments, both effective January 2017. Jonathan (Jon) Gale, currently chief executive London Reinsurance, will take over as chief executive Bermuda Reinsurance, subject to Bermuda Immigration approval, while Rob Littlemore, currently underwriting …

ArgoGlobal Taps Endurance’s Thompson as Hull Class Underwriter

ArgoGlobal, the Lloyd’s insurer and member of Argo Group, has announced the appointment of Michael Thompson as hull class underwriter. He takes up the role with immediate effect and will report to Steve O’Gorman, head of marine. Thompson brings nearly …

Marsh Names 25 Apprentices in UK to Promote Youth Opportunities

Marsh announces the appointment of 25 apprentices to its 2016 UK Apprentice Program, which offers young people employment and training opportunities across the firm’s UK office network. This year’s apprentices join Marsh in Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich. Marsh’s …

Bangladesh Investigators Blame Negligence of Bank Insiders for $81M Cyber Heist

A Bangladesh government-appointed panel investigating the cyber-heist of $81 million from its central bank in February found five officials at the bank were guilty of negligence and carelessness, the head of the panel told Reuters on Thursday. In his first detailed …

Cyber Market Hampered by Insurability Challenges: Geneva Assoc. Report

While insurance against cyber risk represents a tremendous new business for the insurance industry, numerous problems with the insurability currently impede the development of the market,” according to a new report published by the Geneva Association. The report, titled “Ten …

ThyssenKrupp’s Trade Secrets Targeted in ‘Massive’ Cyber Attack

Technical trade secrets were stolen from the steel production and manufacturing plant design divisions of ThyssenKrupp AG in cyber attacks earlier this year, the German company said on Thursday. ThyssenKrupp, one of the world’s largest steel makers, said it had …

New Zealand Quake’s Insured Losses Estimated at $705M-$3.5B: Aon Cat Report

Insurance losses from last month’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake in New Zealand are likely to range between NZ$1.0 to 5.0 billion (US$705 million and US$3.5 billion), according to a report published by Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. At …

Indonesia’s M6.5 Quake Kills Nearly 100 with Low Insurance Losses Expected: AIR

An M6.5 earthquake jolted the northernmost area of Sumatra, Indonesia, on Dec. 7 at 5:03 a.m. local time, with nearly 100 fatalities and more than 600 injuries reported. The epicenter was 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) southeast of Sigli and 92.3 …

Wilson to Succeed Cloutier as Brit Ltd.’s Group CEO  

Brit Ltd., the London-based specialty insurer, announced the appointment of Matthew Wilson as group chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Upon Wilson’s appointment, which is subject to regulatory approval, Mark Cloutier, the current group CEO, will become executive chairman …

Efma & Accenture Invite Entries for 2nd Annual Innovation in Insurance Awards  

Efma and Accenture have issued a joint call for entries for the second annual Innovation in Insurance Awards, with insurance and bancassurance companies invited to submit their entries by March 8, 2017. The Innovation in Insurance Awards are a global …

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