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Kurt Johnson Joins BMS Intermediaries as Executive Vice President

BMS Intermediaries has hired Kurt Johnson as Executive Vice President. Johnson will be responsible for providing actuarial support and related services for BMS’ client base. Johnson brings more than 25 years of industry expertise, primarily in the area of reinsurance, to BMS. He has extensive experience in ratemaking, loss reserves, commutations, capital modeling and management reports.

Johnson joins BMS on the heels of a two-year stint at Christopher Gross Consulting, where he provided clients with a broad scope of actuarial consulting services. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at Guy Carpenter, as Managing Director and Regional Manager of the Minneapolis office. He was responsible for all analytical functions for the mid-American region, including actuarial, cat modeling, financial modeling and capital modeling. He was a member of Guy Carpenter’s Actuarial Best Practice committee, which was responsible for setting worldwide actuarial standards.

Before joining Guy Carpenter, Johnson served as a Senior Vice President at E.W. Blanch, where he provided analysis for reinsurance pricing, reinsurance structure analysis, and commutations. He spent the first 10 years of his career at General Reinsurance, attaining the title of Second Vice President. In this role he was responsible for a variety of functions, including loss reserving, IBNR reporting, financial reporting, commutations and reinsurance pricing.

Kurt brings tremendous experience and a well-deserved reputation for his expertise within both the reinsurance and the actuarial communities to BMS. With his background, we expect him to be able to hit the ground running in support of our existing clients and production efforts,”

said David Spiegler, Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary at BMS.

Johnson has a B.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from St. Olaf College, and has completed the coursework for a Master’s in Statistics from the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).

Incorrect cargo reporting – Tim Paske, Reactions Magazine

BMS’ Marine and Energy expert Tim Paske was quoted in a recent Reactions Magazine article discussing  Insurers worries over incorrect cargo reporting.

Reinsurance Property and Casualty Director, Paske commented on the difficulty in quantifying aggregate dollar cargo exposures per vessel due to the reporting process.

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BMS Receives Special Achievement Award for Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology

BMS Group received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award at the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California held July 10, 2013. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology.

BMS uses the Esri ArcGIS platform to provide a robust base and flexible architecture to support the customized solutions in its proprietary iVision™ product – a premier catastrophe risk assessment application that’s revolutionizing how insurance carriers understand and underwrite their risk, as well as how they respond to catastrophic events. BMS partnered with GeoDecisions, a global leader in the information technology industry specializing in geospatial solutions, in developing the solution.

About iVision:

The goal of iVision is to provide an easy to use catastrophe risk management system that clients can access online. iVision analytical features include weather analytics for claims response, BMS’ proprietary ScenarioView™ for stress test analysis, and RiskReveal™ location modeling for underwriting. These features allow carriers to reduce claims handling expense, manage large loss exposures and understand a policy’s portfolio loss correlation before it is bound.

Most spatial analytical products are built to be used by expert data analysts who understand how to navigate complex data systems. For insurance carriers, often it is the divisional or executive management teams who benefit most from these emerging tools, yet find them to be too cumbersome and complex to use. Often they aren’t able to dedicate the staff and resources needed to learn and understand the systems, and because the portfolio management features aren’t interlinked, users have an incomplete view of risk. “Competitive products are under-utilized because they can be difficult to navigate,” says Debra Grubb, Senior Vice President, Catastrophe Analytics at BMS. “Plus, iVision is a highly customizable solution, offering more useful information specific to our individual clients’ needs along with improved ease of use.”

“BMS’ iVision is part of a suite of analytical tools and services BMS offers clients,” says Julie Serakos, Executive Vice President at BMS and head of Catastrophe Analytics. “It is built on the latest technologies – including Esri ArcGIS – and is the kind of product insurance companies need today, to increase efficiency and effectiveness in managing their catastrophic risk.”

About the Esri UC

The Esri UC honors organizations from around the world that span industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications and utilities.

“The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people who are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change,” says Esri President Jack Dangermond. “At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users. They deserve recognition for both solving their communities’ greatest challenges and for their invaluable contributions to the continued evolution of geographic science.”

For more information about the 2013 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, visit esri.com/sag

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BMS Group Appoints U.S. Chief Operations Officer

BMS Group, independent specialist broker, announced today it has promoted Kristine (Kris) Westall, formerly EVP of BMS Reinsurance Operations, to a newly created role as Chief Operations Officer.

In this position, Kris will oversee all U.S. operations and is specifically responsible for the development and implementation of the BMS strategy in North America, reporting to interim US CEO Roger Cooper. She will focus on providing creative solutions that enhance client service, and procedures that improve consistency and efficiency. She will continue to manage client service operations – including reinsurance accounting, claims, contracts, broker operations and office services.

Kris joined BMS in January 2011 as Senior Vice President, Reinsurance Operations Officer in charge of the firm’s U.S. platform. Previously, Kris spent more than 20 years in the Minneapolis office of Benfield, where she served as SVP, Reinsurance Accounting and Claims. Earlier in her career, as SVP of Brokerage Operations for John B. Collins Associates, Kris managed accounting, claims, IT, contracts, compliance and office services.

Christopher Hopton, Chairman BMS Group, commented,

This promotion reflects how tirelessly Kris has worked to develop the BMS operations platform, successfully building it out into one of the finest in the business. It also demonstrates how committed we are at BMS to our growth strategy in the U.S. reinsurance market. We will continue, with Kris’ excellent support, to invest in the best servicing and client operation in the business.”

 

Westall said:

Since 2011 my focus has been to enhance the reinsurance servicing platform for BMS clients, I am proud to say we have been very successful at creating unique global teams of brokering, analytics, contracts and claims experts. This ‘single-team’ approach makes us operationally efficient and extremely adaptable to the needs of each client. I am excited to be a part of BMS’ continuing growth.”

 

BMS opens Ottawa office

BMS Group announced today that is continuing its expansion with the opening of its second Canadian office. The office, which will be located in Ottawa, will be the headquarters of its newly formed Healthcare Professionals Insurance Alliance and Group Program portfolio business. The Canadian operation will be lead by industry expert Brian Gomes.

Gomes, formerly a Vice President within Aon Canada’s affinity practice and more recently the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Chief Operating Officer, is an expert in the area of health care professional liability and group risk structures, frequently consulted by stakeholders across the country to discuss and present on the topic.

The Speciality group, headquartered in Ottawa, will provide unparalleled risk management and brokerage services offering a range of products and resources to clients. It will focus on specialized segment expertise providing group and commercial risk solutions to organizations, professionals, groups and associations.

Brian commented:

I am thrilled to join BMS and lead this unique operation in Canada. With executive risk, health care and other regulated professionals requiring expanding liability and practice risk needs, we see a tremendous opportunity to partner with many of Canada’s leading associations in designing programs for members, by members. Our suite of services will focus on delivering insurance and risk management resources, along with tailored structures and products designed to be most advantageous for our clients. We continue to assemble a tremendous team of specialists in this segment and are excited to share how our model and commitment to this sector will be unlike any other in the industry.”

Paul Daly, Managing Director BMS Specialty Risk, commented:

Brian brings tremendous experience to BMS. Over the past few years, Brian has worked with many of Canada’s largest member association insurance programs, making him the perfect candidate to lead this new alliance. He has over a decade of understanding of the industry and first-hand experience designing and managing successful retention and insurance program models. We are delighted to have him on board.”

 

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BMS Group Announces New Retrocessional Hire

BMS Group announced today it has appointed a new retrocessional expert to build out its existing BMS Re team, as part of its on-going growth strategy.

Glyn Hall, a former partner at Millers Insurance Services, will join BMS as Divisional Director of the BMS Re unit as soon as he is free of any contractual obligations. He will be based in the BMS London headquarters office.

Jonathan Morris, Managing Director, BMS Re, commented:

Glyn brings with him an impressive skill set and long-standing involvement in the retrocession market. We are delighted to welcome him to BMS and with his input we see the business going from strength to strength. His appointment reflects BMS’ continued commitment to investing in the best talent and willingness to capitalize on development opportunities in the market.”

Julie Serakos, Head of Cat Analytics, Radio Broadcast

Head of Cat Analytics, Julie Serakos was featured in a Minnesota Public News Climate Cast broadcast focusing on the economic impact of climate change.

2012 was an expensive year for insurers. Global economic losses from natural and man-made disasters totaling $186 billion. Extreme weather events in the United States were the most expensive — Hurricane Sandy alone caused $70 billion worth of damage.

Julie was interviewed for the Climate Cast broadcast by Kerri Miller and MPR News’ Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner, they utilised much of that interview in their discussion, while Julie’s recorded expert commentary featured in the first portion of the radio programme.

Click here to access the edited transcript of their conversation and to listen to the full broadcast.

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Mike Larson – Expert Column in Physician Insurer

BMS Group’ EVP of Analytical Services, Mike Larson details the latest trends in the medical professional liability sector, and offers some savvy commentary on what he’s observed.

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Reprinted from the first Quarter 2013 issue of Physician Insurer Magazine, Physician Insurers Association of America. Copyright, 2013

New Terrorism Consortium

BMS is pleased to announce that Tim Paske’s team has established a terrorism consortium on behalf of Channel Syndicate 2015.

The team will work closely with Head of Specialty at Channel Syndicate 2015 Grant Witheat. The consortium has a capacity of $27.5m and is able to write all classes of terrorism business both marine and non marine related.

Grant said:

The TCS Political Violence Consortium enables Channel to position itself as a valuable market leader for terrorism and political violence business within Lloyd’s. BMS have provided Channel with the mechanism to fulfill our potential.”

 

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Asia Insurance Review – Glenn Kerr

The opening of the Sydney Office featured in the Asia Insurance Review.

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Copyright of Asia Reinsurance Review Magazine, reproduced with their kind permission, please click here to access their website: www.asiainsurancereview.com