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Bermuda Rising Stars

31 December 2015 Bermuda:Re/insurance+ILS BERMUDA’S RISING STARS where personal interaction is still paramount should be hugely attractive. Do you think the reinsurance industry offers good opportunities and career development to young professionals? Working in reinsurance presents endless opportunities for those who are driven, motivated and put in the hard work. The global nature of our business and the importance of the hubs around the world, including London, New York, Bermuda and Singapore, for example, mean there are plenty of opportunities for travel and these present themselves even at early stages of a career. What are your aspirations for the future? My aspirations are to drive the growth and depth of the reinsurance industry. Brokers and underwriters fight yearly over the same pool of risk. But as Tom Bolt of Lloyd’s always says, if we can grow the pie then we will all reap the benefits as an industry. If you’d chosen a different profession/career path, what would it have been? When I was 13 I wanted to be a professional cricketer. As any of my teammates who went on a Lloyd’s of London tour with me in 2003 would testify, however, that was never a realistic aspiration! Henry Kingham Job title: Executive vice president Company: Willis Re Career path Henry Kingham is responsible for the production and placement of property and specialty retro in Willis Re’s Bermuda office. Prior to moving to Bermuda in April 2013 he was a member of the non-marine specialty team in London with a primary responsibility for managing the global industry loss warranties (ILW) desk. He has also helped Willis Re become a leader in collateralised reinsurance placements. Before joining Willis in 2006 Kingham held roles at Benfield Advisory (the investment banking unit of Benfield) and Heath Lambert. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from Durham University. Why did you choose to go into the reinsurance industry? At university, the focus for future careers was very much around banking, accountancy, law and industry. However, through a chance internship at a reinsurance broker, I decided to pursue a career in reinsurance. I’ve never looked back. Do you think the industry is attractive to young professionals? I think the industry is a great place for young professionals but it is poorly marketed outside of our industry. Very few people at universities or at school are aware of the reinsurance sector. The ability to offer individuals the opportunity to work in a multifaceted role—be that actuarial, sales or marketing—and


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