Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of SCOR SE
Denis Kessler, a French citizen, is a graduate of HEC business school (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and holds a PhD in economics and advanced degrees in economics and social sciences. He was Chairman of the Fédération Française des Sociétés d’Assurance (FFSA), Senior Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of the AXA Group and Executive Vice-President of MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France). He joined the Group as Chairman and Chief Executive Ofï¬cer on 4 November 2002.
Paolo De Martin
Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global Life SE
Paolo De Martin, an Italian citizen, graduated from Ca’ Foscari University, Italy, with a degree in Business Economics. He subsequently spent two years in the optical business as founder and managing partner of an eyewear manufacturer. He joined General Electric Company (GE) in 1995 as a finance trainee in London. In 1997, he joined GE’s internal auditing & consulting Group, charged with assignments in multiple GE businesses in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific. In 2001, Paolo De Martin was promoted to Executive Manager for GE Capital Europe, before joining GE Insurance Solutions as Financial Planning and Analysis Manager for Global Property and Casualty Reinsurance. In 2003, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of GE Frankona Group before becoming Chief Financial Officer of Converium Holding AG in July 2006. In September 2007, Paolo De Martin was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer of SCOR. In January 2014, Paolo De Martin, after a short sabbatical period, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global Life.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global P&C SE
Benjamin Paolo Gentsch, a Swiss citizen, graduated with a degree in management from the University of Saint-Gall where he specialized in insurance and risk management. From 1986 to 1998, he held several positions at Union Reinsurance Company, where from 1990 to 1998 he directed treaty underwriting in Asia and Australia. In 1998, he joined Zürich Re as head of international underwriting responsible for strengthening the company’s position in Asia, Australia, Africa and Latin America. He also supervised the “Global Aviation” reinsurance department and developed its “Global Marine” department. In September 2002, Benjamin Gentsch was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Converium Zürich, then Executive Vice President in charge of Specialty Treaties. In September 2007, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Switzerland and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global P&C.
Chief Risk Officer of SCOR SE
Frieder Knüpling, a German citizen, holds degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the Universities of Göttingen and Freiburg. He worked as a lecturer and research assistant at the University of Freiburg and several other colleges, until he received a PhD in Economics based on research into the econometric modelling of macroeconomic and financial data. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Gerling-Konzern Globale Rückversicherungs-AG and its UK subsidiary, dealing with pricing and valuation. As at 2003, he headed the Corporate Actuarial & Treasury department of the Revios Group. In 2007, Frieder Knüpling has headed SCOR’s Corporate Actuarial Department, reporting to the Chief Risk Officer. He was appointed Deputy Chief Risk Officer of SCOR in December 2008. In July 2010, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global Life and member of the SCOR Group Executive Committee (Group Comex). On 1st October 2012, he was appointed Deputy Group Chief Risk Officer and on 17 January 2014, he was appointed Group Chief Risk Officer. Frieder Knüpling is a fellow of the Deutsche Aktuarvereinigung (DAV) and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA).
Chief Financial Officer of SCOR SE
MarkKociancic, a Canadian citizen, is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He also holds a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Upon graduation in 1992, Mark joined Ernst & Young within its Life and P&C insurance practice and has subsequently held progressively senior positions within the insurance industry with St Paul Guarantee, Avalon Risk Associates and Tokio Marine, prior to joining SCOR US as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in May 2006. He was appointed SCOR Americas Hub CFO in June 2008 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in July 2010. He was appointed Deputy CFO of SCOR Group in October 2012 and in May 2013 became Group Chief Financial Officer.
Chief Operating Officer of SCOR SE
Romain Launay, a French citizen, is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, the Ecole des Mines de Paris and the Centre des Hautes Etudes de l’Assurance. Having occupied various posts at the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance between 2004 and 2009, he became Technical Advisor to the Prime Minister in 2009. He joined SCOR in February 2012 as Senior Advisor to the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, before becoming Group General Secretary in May 2014. In February 2016, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global Life SE
Simon Pearson, a British citizen, is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. After graduating in 1987 with an Honours degree in Economics from the University of York Simon started his actuarial career with a mid-sized UK mutual life insurer, NPI. Qualifying as an Actuary in 1992 Simon held a number of actuarial management positions covering pricing & product development, reserving, embedded value & financial reporting. Simon joined the UK life subsidiary of Gerling Global Re in 1999, becoming the Appointed Actuary in 2001. At the beginning of 2004 Simon became the CEO of the UK subsidiary of the newly established Revios. Upon the integration of Revios into SCOR he became a member of the SCOR Global Life senior management team at the end of 2006. In 2008 Simon was promoted to manage SGL’s Northern Europe region covering UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. In August 2011 Simon was appointed SGL Head of EMEAA covering Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. In November 2014, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global Life and CEO of SCOR Global Life Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA).
Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global P&C SE
Victor Peignet, a French citizen, a Marine & Offshore Engineer and graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA), joined SCOR’s Facultative Department in 1984 from the offshore Oil & Gas contracting industry. He has more than 15 years’ underwriting and management experience in Energy & Marine insurance at SCOR. He has been at the head of the Group’s Corporate Business Division (Business Solutions) since its creation in 2000, first as Executive Vice President and as Managing Director from April 2004. Since July 2005, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global P&C, which is one of the Group’s two operational entities and which manages the Group’s Non-Life business worldwide.
François de Varenne
Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global Investments SE
François de Varenne, a French citizen, is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and a civil engineer of the Ponts et Chaussées. He holds a PhD in finance and graduated as an actuary from the Institut de Science Financière et d’Assurances (ISFA). François de Varenne joined the Fédération Française des Sociétés d’Assurances (FFSA) in 1993 as Manager of Economic and Financial Affairs. In London beginning in 1998, he served successively as Insurance Strategist with Lehman Brothers, Vice-President for asset management solutions and structured transactions, a specialist in insurance and reinsurance companies at Merrill Lynch, and then at Deutsche Bank. In 2003, he became Managing Partner of Gimar Finance & Cie. He joined the Group in 2005 as Director of Corporate Finance and Asset Management. On 3 September 2007, he was named Group Chief Operating Officer. On 29 October 2008, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global Investments.