Pool Re to appoint Gray CUO

Pool Re has announced the appointment of Jonathan Gray (pictured) as chief underwriting officer-elect.

Subject to regulatory approval, Gray will join Pool Re in November and work alongside current CUO Steve Coates before the latter’s retirement in early 2023.

Gray has more than 30 years’ experience in the insurance market and joins from Axis Re, where he most recently held the role of president of global specialties. Over many years at Axis and Novae (prior to its acquisition), he held increasingly senior positions, including head of Axis’ business at Lloyd’s and head of property reinsurance.

Tom Clementi, CEO of Pool Re, said: “Jon’s passionate commitment to insurance and the benefits it offers society very much aligns with the purpose of Pool Re and our focus on increasing the UK’s resilience and returning terrorism risk to the private market. His proven technical skills and experience in identifying and cultivating leading talent will also be crucial in ensuring Pool Re’s continued success. We are delighted to be making this significant appointment.”

“I would also like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Steve Coates who has been instrumental in Pool Re’s success and development over the past decade. We all wish him an enjoyable and well-earned retirement.”

Gray commented: “Pool Re has been on an exciting trajectory in recent years and I am pleased to take up this role and contribute to its future development. I am particularly looking forward to designing our new treaty proposition and ensuring that it meets members’ expectations while continuing to return meaningful risk to the private market. As an arm’s length government body with a public policy objective, Pool Re has a vital role to play in helping insurers and assureds to navigate the changing risk landscape, and through our underwriting strategy I look forward to supporting that work.”

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