Desperate insurance firms ‘stealing each other’s talent’

Insurance Business Magazine | December 27, 2019

Insurers with talent are going to be robbed. That’s the harsh reality in the insurance industry today as firms respond to the ever-growing talent crisis. As Alan Jay Kaufman, chairman, CEO, and president of H.W. Kaufman Group, put it: “There’s a talent war. There’s a fight for expertise, and people are comfortable stealing from each other.” Anyone who’s been to a large industry networking event over the past few years can probably testify that the talent acquisition climate is electric. What’s sold as a catch-up with an industry peer over a quick drink quite often turns into an attractive job offer with a competitor. That sort of behavior has “intensified and heated up” over the years, according to Kaufman. “I don’t see this talent climate changing any time soon,” Kaufman told Insurance Business. “Business is good at the moment. There’s plenty of insurance to write because the US economy is strong, but alongside that, there’s a shortage of talent and a shortage of expertise. Companies are desperate and they’re taking talent from others.

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2018 will be a dramatic year for the insurance industry. Geopolitical and economic developments will impact the industry. From the devastation towards the end of 2017 and in early 2018, it seems clear that the industry will continue to see an increase in natural disasters. These terrible events, of course, provide the industry with the opportunity to do what it does best, respond and assist policyholders.

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2018 will be a dramatic year for the insurance industry. Geopolitical and economic developments will impact the industry. From the devastation towards the end of 2017 and in early 2018, it seems clear that the industry will continue to see an increase in natural disasters. These terrible events, of course, provide the industry with the opportunity to do what it does best, respond and assist policyholders.

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BDA Participates in 60th Annual Florida Insurance Council Summer Symposium

BDA | July 25, 2022

The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) is proud to support the 60th annual Florida Insurance Council (FIC) Summer Symposium on July 26-28, in Orlando, Florida. The FIC programme will include state legislators, the Office of Insurance Regulation and other industry speakers including BDA Chair, Stephen Weinstein and BDA CEO, David Hart. Mr. Weinstein said, “Since Hurricane Andrew, Bermuda’s (re)insurance market has been the preeminent partner to Florida insurers, supporting the market with capital, risk expertise, and an ethos of collaboration." Mr. Weinstein said, “Since Hurricane Andrew, Bermuda’s (re)insurance market has been the preeminent partner to Florida insurers, supporting the market with capital, risk expertise, and an ethos of collaboration. Today, Bermuda (re)insurers provide over 60% of the hurricane reinsurance in Florida, support efforts to reform and strengthen Florida’s insurance market, and invest in and share cutting edge science to boost hurricane resilience and promote mitigation. Over 30 years, the Bermuda and Florida markets have tackled many challenges together and shared many successes. We look forward to seeing so many business, legislative, and regulatory leaders in person over the course of FIC’s outstanding programme, and exploring the next cycle of growth in our partnership.” Mr. Hart said, “As a sixth generation Floridian, I have seen first-hand the benefits that Bermuda’s (re)insurance market offers Florida’s economy, and I am proud to represent Bermuda and the BDA at the FIC’s Summer Symposium. As we enter peak hurricane season, our Chair and I will highlight Bermuda’s continued value proposition as the world’s risk capital to the largest gathering of Florida’s domestic insurers. We thank FIC President, Cecil Pearce, for the speaking invitation and look forward to a large gathering of Florida-based companies and executives visiting us for our second annual Bermuda Risk Summit being held at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club on March 6-8, 2023.” CONNECTING BUSINESS The BDA encourages direct investment and helps companies start up, re-locate, or expand their operations in our premier jurisdiction. An independent, public-private partnership, we connect you to industry professionals, regulatory officials, and key contacts in the Bermuda government to assist domicile decisions. Our goal? To make doing business in Bermuda smooth and beneficial.

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First Connect Adds Cowbell Cyber Prime 100 to Insurtech Marketplace

Hippo, Cowbell Cyber, First Connect | July 14, 2022

First Connect Insurance Services, a digital platform designed to provide independent agents with access to the nation's top carriers, announced today the addition of Cowbell Cyber, the leading provider of cyber insurance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Cowbell Cyber offers stand-alone coverage to enterprise customers for security breach expenses, extortion threats, the replacement or restoration of data, loss of business income, security breach liability, computer fraud, ransom payments and more. First Connect, a subsidiary of the Hippo Insurance Group, provides independent agencies with access to national carriers with zero access fees. First Connect and Cowbell are teaming up to provide those agencies with a modern cyber insurance product designed to help SMEs safeguard their digital operations. "Every business faces cyber risk nowadays," said First Connect President Aviad Pinkovezky. "By partnering with Cowbell Cyber we are continuing to broaden our portfolio of leading insurtech carriers and general agents, and providing independent agencies access to cyber insurance that assesses their clients’ unique cybersecurity risks.” Cowbell Cyber offers a Prime 100 insurance product that provides robust financial protection against cyber threats. The digital-first cyber insurance provider leverages an API that allows customers to quickly apply online and delivers instant bindable quotes to SMEs. Additional features include continuous risk assessment, risk engineering consultations, cyber awareness training and in-house claims handling by dedicated cyber experts. "Cowbell Cyber identifies in real-time each organization’s unique risk level and determines the ideal coverage package to mitigate potential losses from a cyberattack," said Jack Kudale, Founder and CEO of Cowbell Cyber. "Cowbell Cyber identifies in real-time each organization’s unique risk level and determines the ideal coverage package to mitigate potential losses from a cyberattack," said Jack Kudale, Founder and CEO of Cowbell Cyber. "Partnering with a fully digital platform like First Connect is ideal to easily and rapidly give SMEs financial protection for the variety of threats businesses face every day.” To learn more about how First Connect provides independent agencies with access to the leading insurtech carriers or to sign up, visit firstconnectinsurance.com. About Hippo Hippo is protecting the joy of homeownership, helping to safeguard customers’ most important financial asset by harnessing the power of real-time data, smart home technology, and a growing suite of home services to deliver proactive home protection. Hippo Holdings Inc.’s (NYSE: HIPO) operating subsidiaries include Hippo Insurance Services, Hippo Home Care, First Connect Insurance Services, Spinnaker Insurance Company, Spinnaker Specialty Insurance Company, and Mainsail Insurance Company. First Connect Insurance Services is a licensed property casualty insurance agent with products underwritten by various insurance companies. For more information, including licensing details, visit http://www.hippo.com. About Cowbell Cyber Cowbell Cyber offers standalone, individualized, and easy-to-understand cyber insurance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In its unique AI-based approach to risk selection and pricing, Cowbell’s continuous underwriting platform, powered by Cowbell Factors, compresses the insurance process from submission to issue to less than 5 minutes. Cowbell Insurance Agency is currently licensed in 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Cowbell Reinsurance Company is a licensed insurance captive in the State of Vermont. For more information, please visit www.cowbell.insure.

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Liberty Mutual Insurance Joins MIT-led Global Alliance on Innovation to Combat Climate Change

Liberty Mutual Insurance | August 03, 2022

Liberty Mutual Insurance today announced its membership to the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC), supporting the acceleration and implementation of large-scale, real-world solutions to address climate change. Liberty Mutual joins 17 other member companies in the Consortium's efforts to inspire transformative climate progress across industries and the globe. We believe collaboration is a critical component to combatting climate change, As an insurer we continually see and learn more about climate change, and we're eager to bring this knowledge to MCSC and help advance the Consortium's important, urgent work, said Liberty Mutual Chief Sustainability Officer Francis Hyatt, who will serve on MCSC's industry advisory board. Liberty Mutual will participate in several workstreams that support MCSC's key objectives: To accelerate the introduction of large-scale, feasible solutions to address the threat of climate change. To advance proposals regarding sustainability opportunities, training for innovators, regulatory policies, and the development of business models across sectors. To catalyze links between academic innovations and commercial scalability. To materialize sustainable practices that are action-oriented and incorporate social justice, economic equity, and respect for the environment. "We are excited to welcome Liberty Mutual to the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium and look forward to the perspective and expertise they bring from the insurance and risk management industry, Liberty Mutual will contribute to the dialogue and solutioning currently underway within the Consortium." -Jeremy Gregory, PhD, Executive Director of the MCSC As two renowned organizations in Massachusetts, Consortium membership is just the latest step in Liberty Mutual's long-standing relationship with MIT. In 2019, Liberty Mutual launched an artificial intelligence research collaboration with MIT Quest for Intelligence, is a member of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, and is one of the founding members of the MIT Mobility Initiative. About Liberty Mutual Insurance At Liberty Mutual, we believe progress happens when people feel secure. By providing protection for the unexpected and delivering it with care, we help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow. In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, today we are the sixth largest global property and casualty insurer based on 2021 gross written premium. We also rank 78th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2021 revenue. As of December 31, 2021, we had $48.2 billion in annual consolidated revenue. We employ over 47,000 people in 29 countries and economies around the world. We offer a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, specialty lines, reinsurance, commercial multiple-peril, workers compensation, commercial automobile, general liability, surety, and commercial property.

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