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Pioneer expands renewables practice with Bishop hire

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MS Amlin Names Beazley as Head of Reinsurance, Replacing Few Who Joins TigerRisk

Global re/insurer MS Amlin announced that Chris Beazley, CEO of MS Amlin AG, will be expanding his leadership role to include all of MS Amlin’s reinsurance business with immediate effect. Mr Beazley takes over the responsibilities from James Few, global managing director, of MS Amlin’s reinsurance division.


Mr Few is stepping down from his role to join TigerRisk Partners, a privately held reinsurance broker, as CEO of its London office. He will report to Rob Bredahl, TigerRisk’s president and COO.


In his expanded role at MS Amlin, Mr Beazley will take sole responsibility for setting the strategy of the group’s reinsurance business and be supported by Dominic Peters, chief underwriting officer and Phil Wooldridge as reinsurance lead and joint active underwriter for MSAUL, the group’s Lloyd’s platform.


Since joining MS Amlin in 2007, Mr Beazley has undertaken senior roles within the London marine and reinsurance businesses, launched MS Amlin’s operations in Singapore and acted as head of Global Clients and Strategy for MS Amlin’s Reinsurance SBU. In 2016 he served a two-year secondment as CEO of the London Market Group (LMG).


Joining MS Amlin in 2015, Mr Few drove the evolution of the global reinsurance offering, said TigerRisk in a statement. As the company’s global managing director of Reinsurance, Mr Few led the modernisation of the company’s global reinsurance business, developed pricing and product innovations, and extended partnerships with third-party capital.


Previously, he was CEO of global insurer Aspen during which he led the company through a period of rapid growth.


Earlier, as president of Aspen Re, Mr Few played an active role in the development of innovations including APEX cat management technology; Iris Re, Aspen’s first managed fund; and the creation of the company’s highly successful global reinsurance strategy.


Mr Few began his insurance industry career in 1993 as a member of Royal Global’s graduate training programme and by 1997 had become Client Development Underwriter at Royal Sun Alliance. In 1999, he was appointed direct and facultative underwriter at Wellington Underwriting.


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