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Our speakers include:


John Berger
CEO, Ascot Reinsurance

John is currently CEO of Ascot Reinsurance Limited.  Previously he was Chairman & CEO of Third Point Re, Vice Chairman of Alterra Re, President and CEO of Harbor Point Re, President and CEO of Chubb Re, and President and CEO of F&G Re.   He began his career at Pru Re and General Re.  John has an AB in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Rutgers University. 

Jeffrey Farber
CFO, The Hanover Insurance Group


John Forney
President & Chief Executive Officer, UPC Insurance


Rod Fox
CEO, TigerRisk Partners

Rod Fox is the CEO of TigerRisk Partners. TigerRisk is a global strategic reinsurance and capital advisory firm, working with a high-end group of insurers.

Prior to founding TigerRisk, Rod served as the Chief Executive Officer of Praetorian Financial Group where he led the re-structuring, re-branding, and successful sale of the $2B specialty property and casualty insurer to QBE the Americas.

Prior to PFG, Rod was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Benfield Group’s US reinsurance platform where he oversaw the profitable growth of the business while delivering industry leading trading margins. He was a member of the Board of Benfield and was instrumental in their initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. He was also involved in numerous industry transactions, including the growth of Benfield’s capital markets advisory business, the first Florida JUA depopulation, a restructuring of Allstate Group’s catastrophe exposure, and the formation of Montpelier Re.

Rod started his career at E.W. Blanch Co., a privately held reinsurance intermediary. He was involved in EWB’s initial public offering and enjoyed various positions within EWB; ultimately becoming President and Chief Operating Officer.

In conjunction with Jim Stanard, the former CEO of RenaissanceRe, Rod formed F&S Ventures in 2008, a privately-held insurance investment firm.

Rod holds the CPCU designation and is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Executive Risk Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on numerous industry boards and is active with the Navy SEAL Foundation. He has also completed the half and full IRONMAN endurance races.

Sebastian Kafetz
Head of Insurance Coverage, North America, ‎Lloyds Banking Group



Bruce Lucas
Chairman & CEO, Heritage Insurance Holdings

Mr. Lucas is the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Heritage Insurance. He is a dynamic business leader with a wealth of experience in the legal and financial industries. Bruce co-founded Infinity Investment Funds, a multinational hedge fund, where he served as CEO. During his career, he has been involved in billions of dollars of financial management transactions with many of the top Fortune 50 companies.  Bruce also enjoyed a successful legal career, most recently with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, one of the world's top law firms. As an attorney, he represented many of the world's largest corporations in a variety of domestic and international transactions. He has a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana University-Bloomington, where he graduated cum laude, Order of the Barristers, and was the Sig Beck scholar. He is very active in many local charities.

Michael Millette
Managing Partner, Hudson Structured Capital

Andrew Robinson
Executive in Residence, Oak HC/FT





Patrick G. Ryan
Chairman and CEO, Ryan Specialty Group, LLC

A widely respected entrepreneur and global insurance leader, Patrick G. Ryan formed Ryan Specialty Group, LLC (RSG) in 2010. RSG is an international holding company which includes wholesale brokerage, highly specialized underwriting companies and specialty services designed for brokers, agents and insurers. The company has offices across North America and Europe. Prior to launching RSG, Mr. Ryan founded Aon Corporation and served as its Chairman and CEO for 41 years. At Mr. Ryan’s retirement, Aon had more than 500 offices in 120 countries, generating revenues then in excess of $7 billion.

Mr. Ryan has received a number of accolades throughout his career. In 1987, Mr. Ryan received the esteemed Horatio Alger Award which honors those who are dedicated to the principles of integrity, hard work, perseverance and compassion for others. In 2008, Mr. Ryan was inducted in to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent research centers, founded in 1780. Also in 2008, he was elected to the International Insurance Society Hall of Fame and received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named by Brigham Young University International Executive of the Year for Corporate Integrity. Other career tributes include Insurance Leader of the Year from St. John’s University, and the Insurance Federation of New York's Free Enterprise Award.

Mr. Ryan has been a member of the Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees for 38 years, 14 years of which he served as Chairman. In 2009, Northwestern awarded Mr. Ryan a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Also that year, Mr. Ryan was inducted that year into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame. Four years later in 2013, Mr. Ryan received the Northwestern Alumni Association Medal of Honor. This award is the highest award granted by the Northwestern Alumni Association to an alumnus/a who combines superior professional distinction and/or exemplary volunteer service to society, with an outstanding record of service to Northwestern. 

Mr. Ryan has received numerous Insurance and Community awards and also served as Chairman of the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee.



Sarah Street
EVP, Strategy & Innovation Initiatives, XL Catlin

Sarah Street is Executive Vice President, Strategy and Innovation Initiatives for XL Catlin. Her responsibilities include acting as a director and investment team member for XL Innovate, working on various strategy projects, and serving as Non-Executive Chairman of New Ocean Management. She also serves as a board member of New Energy Risk and Stonestep. Sarah spent over nine years as Chief Investment Officer of XL Group. Before XL, Sarah worked at JPMorgan Chase for 16 years, including 10 years focused on hedge funds. Sarah earned her MA with honors from Oxford University, UK. Before going up to Oxford, Sarah volunteered in a remote village in India, running nursery schools and women’s empowerment programs. She currently serves as a board member of READ Global, which believes that empowering rural communities is critical to alleviating global poverty in developing countries.



Peter Wilson

CEO, AXIS Insurance

Peter Wilson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Insurance in April 2014. He joined AXIS in May 2013 as President of U.S. Insurance. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wilson served as President and Chief Operating Officer for CNA Specialty, a unit of CNA Financial Corporation, which is focused on professional and management liability, healthcare, surety and other specialized insurance products and services. During his more than 20-year tenure with CNA Financial Corporation, Mr. Wilson served in a number of leadership positions and had management responsibility for a diverse group of business units operating both in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to CNA, he served as an Executive Vice President at AIG, where he managed AIG’s commercial public D&O business in the U.S.


Keith Wolfe
President US P&C - Regional and National, Swiss Re

As the President of Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation, Keith Wolfe currently leads the US Regional and National team for Swiss Re. In this role, Keith is focused on serving the needs of US-based P&C insurance companies through brokers and direct client channels. He is based in the company's Americas Division headquarters in Armonk, NY. Keith spent the first half of his 20 year career in primary property insurance, holding various sales, operations and underwriting leadership roles at GE Insurance Solutions. In 2006, he joined Swiss Re via acquisition and relocated to Switzerland to focus on serving large, multinational insurance companies as part of the reinsurance business. He has been back in the US since 2009, leading the Regional and National business since 2013.
Keith holds a B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter.

SPEAKERS
  • John Berger

    John Berger

    CEO, Ascot Reinsurance

  • Rod Fox

    Rod Fox

    CEO, TigerRisk Partners

  • Bruce Lucas

    Bruce Lucas

    Chairman & CEO, Heritage Insurance Holdings
  • Patrick G. Ryan

    Patrick G. Ryan

    Chairman and CEO, Ryan Specialty Group, LLC

  • Sarah Street

    Sarah Street

    EVP, Strategy & Innovation Initiatives, XL Catlin

  • Peter Wilson

    Peter Wilson

    CEO, AXIS Insurance
  • Keith Wolfe

    Keith Wolfe

    President US P&C - Regional and National, Swiss Re