QBE Announces Formation of Global Reinsurance Business

QBE Insurance Group has announced that it is combining its worldwide reinsurance operations under a single management team and unified brand, QBE Re.

QBE Re will comprise the current statutory businesses of Syndicate 566, QBE Re (Europe), Secura NV and QBE Re (Americas). The combined business will have a gross written premium of more than $1.5 billion, across a well-balanced portfolio of property, casualty and specialty lines.

The business will be led by QBE’s current European chief underwriting officer for reinsurance, Jonathan Parry, who will become chief underwriting officer of QBE Re. Parry will be supported by a global leadership team including:

Paul Horgan (London) – Head of Property

Chris Larson (New York) – Head of Casualty and US Multiline

Peter Wilkins (London) – Head of Specialty Lines

Luc Boghe (Brussels) – Head of European Multiline

QBE plans to maintain its statutory business reporting and will supplement its key divisional strengths with the opportunities offered by the scale and diversification of a global business. The new model will allow QBE Re to offer its clients a consistent underwriting philosophy.

The unified business will be backed by QBE Group’s A+ (S&P) and A (AM Best) financial ratings, and with specific QBE Re capital of more than US$1.9 billion, the move strengthens its flexibility to support a broader reinsurance risk appetite.

“This global approach allows us to create a platform where we can provide the best possible service to our clients worldwide,” said Parry. “Our business philosophies, market approach and appetite will be coordinated, which in turn will help ensure greater consistency across underwriting, pricing, risk management and reserving. I, and QBE Re’s leadership team, am excited by the opportunities offered by the new business model.”

“The establishment of QBE Re strongly underlines QBE’s commitment to the reinsurance market,” said John Neal, Chief Executive Officer, Global Underwriting Operations. “We believe our clients will welcome the move to unify our reinsurance businesses. By retaining our deep local underwriting expertise, and supplementing it with benefits provided by a global organization – scale, consistency, flexibility, capacity and improved service.”