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OF OF 2017
Sylvie Van Viet
Job title: P&C head of underwriting management and
2012: P&C head of underwriting management and
2005: P&C head of underwriting management, SCOR
2004: P&C deputy european manager, SCOR
1997: P&C head of retrocession and risk control
accumulation, SCOR all the time enables to me to constantly push myself to new
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
In the reinsurance industry, you always have new challenges
related to emerging risks, emerging markets, new products,
new regulations, new capital providers, etc. We are living in
a constantly evolving environment so we need to be highly
flexible and adaptable.
A specific challenge comes to mind from 1999, involving the
completion of the first cat bond (Atlas I) issued by a reinsurer
on an indemnity basis. The database and the modelling
capability were not as developed as they are today, and all
the parties involved in the deal were still on a learning curve,
but despite all the obstacles we did it. It really was a great
achievement for everyone involved and I was very proud to be
part of that success.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I would have chosen an entirely different way of life rather
than a different career—I would have loved to be an artist, a
Sylvie Van Viet has more than 30 years of experience as an
underwriter and retrocession buyer. She joined SCOR in 1997
as head of the retrocession and risk control accumulation
department, before becoming deputy European manager in
2004. In 2005, she became head of underwriting management.
Since 2012, she has been head of underwriting management
She graduated in private law and has a postgraduate degree in
insurance law from Sorbonne-Assas International Law School.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
It was a deliberate choice. My postgraduate degree had a
specific reinsurance element and I was looking for an opening
with an international scope.
The reinsurance industry offered me the opportunity to work
with people from all over the world and to create relationships
with best-in-class colleagues from an impressively wide range
of fields. I was also very attracted by the opportunity to work
with clients from industries like energy, space and nuclear,
which play a key role in the economy.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have been very lucky in the sense that in my first position,
and throughout my whole life, I have had managers who have
freely shared their knowledge with me. Today, thanks to the
impressive number of experts in the reinsurance industry and
at SCOR in particular, I still benefit from continuous learning
in very wide range of areas.
Consequently, when I was appointed head of underwriting
management, I was able to expand my role to take in all lines
of business across all territories. In a changing world, learning
“In a changing world, learning all the
time enables to me to constantly push
myself to new limits.”
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