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Axis Re appoints new chief underwriting officer

In this role, Kate Partington Howarth will be responsible for the global underwriting approach and portfolio management for all lines of business across the group.

Axis Re has announced the appointment of Katie Partington Howarth to chief underwriting officer and head of the reinsurance products division.

In this role, Partington Howarth will be responsible for the global underwriting approach and portfolio management for all lines of business across the group.

Partington Howarth joined Axis with 20 years of experience in the (re)insurance industry, most recently she was group head of ceded reinsurance at Argo, responsible for strategy and implementation of the company’s treaty reinsurance and retrocessional purchases worldwide.

Prior to that, she was head of underwriting risk for Ariel Re, having served in a succession of senior roles at the company. Partington Howarth joined Ariel Re from Benfield where she spent four years as a catastrophe risk analyst and broker.

Commenting on Partington Howarth’s appointment, Steve Arora, CEO for Axis Re, said: “Katie is a highly accomplished and widely respected reinsurance leader. She brings unique versatility – combining technical underwriting skills, analytical and portfolio management acumen, and a commercial perspective.

“With a proven track record of success in underwriting and managing portfolios across multiple global markets, Katie will play an important role as we continue on our path to be a profitability leader in the reinsurance industry. We are excited by her energy and caliber.”

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