Swiss Re News

Swiss Re Q1 Net Income Down 15% to $1.23B; New Head of Reinsurance Named

Swiss Re AG, the world’s biggest reinsurer, reported lower first-quarter profit as the company bulked up its reserves and pricing in the industry remained under pressure. Net income dropped to $1.23 billion from $1.44 billion a year earlier, the Zurich-based …

Swiss Re’s Revamped U.S. P/C Leadership Team Headed by Wolfe, Ruff, Michaelson

Swiss Re Americas announced a new structure and leaders for the company’s U.S. property/casualty markets. The changes follow Bill Donnell’s departure as president of Swiss Re Americas’ U.S. property/casualty markets to become president and CEO of the workers’ compensation rating …

Swiss Re and UK’s Legal & General Weigh Bids for Deutsche Bank’s Abbey Life

Swiss Re AG and Britain’s Legal & General Group Plc are among firms considering bids for Deutsche Bank AG’s insurance business Abbey Life Assurance Co., according to people with knowledge of their plans. Deutsche Bank is seeking bids by the …

Catastrophe Reinsurance Prices Will Continue to Drop This Year: Swiss Re

Reinsurance prices will continue to fall this year as competition for customers from hedge funds and other sources of alternative capital send premiums to their lowest in four years, according to Swiss Re AG. “Price reductions have slowed down but …

Insurance Claims from China’s Tianjin Port Blasts Rise to $3.5B: Swiss Re’s ‘sigma’

Insurance payouts from the chemical blasts at the Chinese Port of Tianjin last year could total up to $3.5 billion, reinsurer Swiss Re said on Wednesday, in what would be the largest ever man-made loss in Asia. The estimate of …

Swiss Re’s 2015 Net Income Rises 31% to $4.6B; Q4 Profit Up to $938M

Swiss Re AG reported fourth-quarter profit that beat estimates after a quiet year for natural catastrophes and announced that Christian Mumenthaler, head of the company’s main reinsurance unit, will take over as chief executive officer on July 1. Net income …

Veolia, New Orleans Discussing Flood Prevention System

French water and waste group Veolia said it is talks to install a flood prevention system in the city of New Orleans that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Veolia innovation director Laurent Auguste said a study will be …

Swiss Re & Partners Unveil Initiative to Speed Economic Recovery After Cat Event

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd. and Veolia have joined forces, under the auspices of The Rockefeller Foundation, to launch an infrastructure recovery initiative to speed up economic recovery in the aftermath of catastrophic events for cities across the globe. The …

Swiss Re Appoints O’Neill as CEO of UK & Ireland

Swiss Re announced that Frank O’Neill has been appointed CEO of the company’s UK & Ireland business, effective Feb. 1. O’Neill has been the CEO of Swiss Re’s Middle East and Africa business for the past three years. He replaces …

Florida Lawmakers to Industry: We Want YOU to Join State Flood Insurance Market

“We think the time is right for you all to explore the [Florida] flood insurance market.” That was the message Florida Senator Jeff Brandes gave insurance industry attendees at the first ever Florida Flood Insurance Conference on Dec. 9 in …