Job title: Member of the board
Company: Munich Re
Doris Höpke was appointed to
the board of management of
Munich Reinsurance Company
in 2014 with an assignment for
the health business. In 2017 she
assumed responsibility for the
division Special and Financial
Risks, comprising credit, aviation
and space, marine and agricultural
business as well as corporate
insurance partners on a global level.
Since 2018 Höpke has taken
responsibility for the division Europe and Latin America including
financial risks. Additionally, she continues to hold global
responsibility for human resources in the reinsurance field of
business since 2017.
Born in Northern Germany, she completed her law studies at the
universities of Osnabrück, Hanover and Leiden with a doctorate
degree. She is a trained attorney at law and holds a MA in mediation
from the universities of Frankfurt a. O. and Berlin.
She commenced her career as assistant to the board
member responsible for industrial liability insurance at HDI
Haftpflichtverband der Deutschen Industrie in 1996 before working
as in-house attorney responsible for the management and negotiation
of large industrial liability claims of corporate clients worldwide.
She joined Munich Re in 1999 continuing her focus on managing
and negotiating large industrial claims which soon developed into
head of claims, legal and finance for Munich Re direct corporate
business. From 2002 onwards she has been responsible for a variety of
non-traditional global projects and divisions.
In one of these roles she served as head of the aerospace & special
services from 2006 to 2010 with a direct reporting line to the board
of management. Before joining Munich Re’s board of management
she served as president of Munich Re’s branch in Madrid from 2011
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KATIE PARTINGTON HOWARTH
Job title: Group head of ceded reinsurance
Company: Argo Group
Katie Partington Howarth has
nearly 20 years of experience in
the reinsurance industry, spanning
underwriting, broking and
analytics. She currently serves as
group head of ceded reinsurance
at Argo Group. In this role, she
is responsible for the strategy
and execution of all of Argo’s
reinsurance and retrocession
placements on a worldwide basis.
She would describe her and her
team’s goal as helping Argo’s business to trade forward in the event of
volatility in order to deliver on their promises to clients.
Howarth was previously head of underwriting risk at Argo Group’s
reinsurance operation, Ariel Re, having served in a succession of
senior underwriting roles since the company’s formation in 2005. At
Ariel Re, she led several initiatives that were integral to the company’s
success, helping it grow from a startup to the mature company it is
today. She joined Ariel Re from Benfield, where she spent four years
as a risk analyst and broker specialising in property cat and worker’s
compensation treaty business.
The succession of hurricanes Katrina and Rita hitting the US led to
the next step in her career path: she saw an underwriting opportunity
in Bermuda and moved to the island to take it.
Howarth is a keen voice for women in the insurance industry,
frequently speaking about what the industry can do to nurture
their female professionals. She has been a mentor for the Bermuda
Foundation for Insurance Studies, a member of the Bermuda
Independent Underwriters Association executive committee and is a
past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Association
Diversity and Inclusion Report 2019
Since 2018 Höpke has taken responsibility
for the division Europe and Latin America
including financial risks.
At Ariel Re, she led several initiatives that
were integral to the company’s success.