Articles by Noor Zainab Hussain and Paul Arnold

Government and Benefactors, Not Insurers, to Bear Cost of Notre Dame Rebuilding

Major European insurers expect France to bear the bulk of the cost of rebuilding the Notre-Dame Cathedral after a fire tore through the eight-centuries-old Paris landmark on Monday. The cost of a likely multi-year restoration project could itself take a …

Reinsurers Seek Higher Returns Through Customized Business

Reinsurer Swiss Re, usually involved in mega-deals on natural disaster coverage, is branching out on its own to do individually tailored schemes to boost returns, such as one in China to protect farmers against floods or drought. This tailor-made approach …

Senn, Ex-CEO of Zurich Insurance, Commits Suicide

Former Zurich Insurance boss Martin Senn has committed suicide six months after leaving the company under a cloud, a tragedy that comes less than three years after Zurich’s finance chief took his own life. Senn, 59, shot himself at his …

Integrity of ‘Green Bond’ Market Could Be at Risk

The integrity of the fast-growing “green bond” market is at risk unless a clear definition of what passes for green can be agreed, Zurich Insurance’s investment chief told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit. The supply of green bonds, a …

Review of Zurich Finance Chief’s Suicide Clears Ackermann

Zurich Insurance finance chief Pierre Wauthier did not come under “undue pressure” before his suicide, the firm said on Monday, citing results of an investigation into his death that it hopes will wrap up the scandal before earnings next week. …

Zurich Ad Campaign Seeks to Restore Insurer to Normality

By rolling out television, print and billboard marketing campaigns on Monday, Zurich Insurance is aiming to advertise business as usual after a suicide and resignation in the Swiss-based insurer’s top ranks. But behind the scenes, Chief Executive Martin Senn is …

Zurich CFO’s Suicide Followed Disagreement on Business Targets

On August 14, Zurich Insurance chairman Josef Ackermann received financial chief Pierre Wauthier and head of investor relations James Quin at his office overlooking Lake Zurich to finalise the company’s second-quarter results, due for release the next day. Most of …