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Iordanou, Thiele and Roach win BII awards

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The Bermuda Insurance Institute has announced the winners of the 14th Annual Insurance Industry Awards.

Former CEO of PartnerRe, Patrick Thiele; chairman, president and CEO of Arch Capital Group, Constantine (Dinos) Iordanou and senior regulatory accountant at Validus Re, Candace Roach, all received recognition.

“The achievements of the 2011 Awards Recipients highlights the exemplary level of leadership and commitment to building a solid reputation of excellence in the Bermuda market, and to developing the talent required to support successful business development over the long term,” said BII President, John Wight. “The BII is pleased to recognise these individuals for their market leading contributions.”

Mr Thiele, who joined PartnerRe in 2000 and retired in 2010, received the BII’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises a person who has distinguished his/herself in the industry over the course of their career, and has influenced and developed organisations, products, talent or industry networks with a view to building the future success for the Bermuda market. Mr Thiele

“Under his leadership PartnerRe maintained its strong position in the market, preserved its reputation and its client base and was transformed into one of the world’s leading global reinsurance companies,” said the BII in a statement. “ Widely respected as a credible reinsurance business leader, he was frequently sought out for his opinion on industry issues and was active in a number of industry associations, including The Geneva Association, the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR), The Global Reinsurance Forum and St. John’s School of Risk Management.”

In 2008, Mr Thiele represented Bermuda’s insurers and reinsurers at the International Regulatory Dialogue in Brussels and participated in the Roundtable on Financial Mechanisms and Risk Management Instruments at the first United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals and Food Sustainability. During his tenure as chairman of ABIR, the organisation engaged in extensive regulatory reform work with the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) on equivalence with Europe’s Solvency II insurance regulatory framework. He also led ABIR’s efforts to engage with European policymakers to document the important contribution of its members in the European market.

Mr Iordanou, a founding member of Arch Capital Group Ltd. and its current chairman, president and CEO, received the 2011 Industry Leader of the Year Award. This award recognises a person who has made a significant contribution to the insurance industry in Bermuda during 2011 through outstanding leadership, unique thought leadership or outstanding ability that has influenced the market in a positive way beyond the results of their organisation.

“Arch has built an enviable track record of profitable underwriting and disciplined capital management in ten years with book value per share growing an average of 18.7 percent since 2002,” said BII.“Capital has grown from $276 million in September of 2001 to more than $5 billion at year end 2011 after $2.6 billion of capital was returned to shareholders through share repurchases.”

Mr. Iordanou also serves as chairman of ABIR, where he continues the policy work on Solvency II. He also serves as a Director of Verisk Analytics (formerly ISO Inc.), and is the past chair of the American Insurance Association (AIA) . He is a founding member of the Pancyprian Association of America, established in 1975, and is one of its seven lifetime trustees.

Ms Roach received the Young Industry Leader of the Year Award, which recognises an individual under the age of 35 who, over the previous year, has made a significant contribution to his/her own organisation, promoted professionalism, ethics and the development of talent and technical expertise, and focused on achievement in both their career and in the wider community in Bermuda.

“She is considered a focused and charismatic future industry leader, with a strong array of technical qualifications (CA, CPCU, ARe, AIS, AIM, ARM, ARM-E) and the intelligence to remain composed under pressure, whilst delivering first class results on a consistent basis,” said the BII. “She is considered an asset to her company and executive team, taking on opportunities wherever they present themselves, to the extent that a department has been formed around her to deal with all compliance issues across the company.”

Ms Roach is involved with ABIR on the Financial Reporting and Transparency Committee and also sits on the BMA Group Task Force with respect to reviewing legislation. She is a member of the CPCU Leadership Council and the CPCU Society Candidate Development Committee and the U40s, volunteering with sporting and charitable events and maintaining several mentoring relationships.

The recipients will be honoured at a gala dinner to be held on May 19, 2012 at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

Former PartnerRe CEO Patrick Thiele
Arch Capital CEO Constantine Iordanou
Candace Roach, senior regulatory accountant at Validus Re

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Published March 23, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 23, 2012 at 9:35 am)

Iordanou, Thiele and Roach win BII awards

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