Job title: Chief financial officer
Company: Peak Re
Cathy Chen is the chief financial
officer of Peak Re, responsible
for overseeing the financial
management of Peak Re, a global
reinsurer based in Hong Kong.
The company has grown from a
startup in 2012 to become a global
company, with a footprint that
reaches beyond Asia to Europe
and the Americas. Its premiums
exceeded the $1 billion mark within
the first five years and reached $1.4
billion at the end of 2018.
Chen has more than 18 years of accounting and financial
experience in the insurance and reinsurance industries and has solid
knowledge of the related regulations.
Prior to joining Peak Re, Chen was the chief representative for
Lloyd’s Beijing representation office. Before that, she was the CFO for
Swiss Re’s China operations.
Over the years, she has established and maintained good
relationships with government authorities including the China
Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, and State
Administration for Foreign Exchange as well as local and state tax
Chen holds an MBA in finance and a Bachelor’s degree in
economics. She is also a member of the Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants Fellowship.
Job title: Chief global ceded reinsurance officer
Julia Chu is the chief ceded
reinsurance officer for Markel
Corporation. In this role, Chu is
responsible for enterprise-wide
ceded reinsurance strategic review
She joined Markel in March
2018, after distinguished stints with
Guy Carpenter, Aon Re, Milliman
USA, and Farmers Insurance
Group. An actuary by training, Chu
is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial
She is based in Richmond, Virginia, at Markel’s corporate
headquarters, and reports to Robin Russo, chief underwriting officer.
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She has established and maintained good
relationships with government authorities
including the China Banking and Insurance
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Chu is responsible for enterprise-wide ceded
reinsurance strategic review and purchases.