President’s Message

 I am excited to serve as the IRUA’s new President. We just launched our new website, as well as Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. This is all being done in an effort to allow for easy access to our resources, and to engage as your one-stop shopping guide for IRUA events, as well as other industry events. Our new website and event processing system are part of a total makeover of the IRUA.

The IRUA continues to focus our attention on four core elements that serve those who are part of, or affiliated with the reinsurance industry:

  • Education
  • Scholars
  • Spring Conference
  • Journal of Reinsurance

We are committed to providing high quality educational programs and networking opportunities to the future and current leaders of our industry.

The IRUA elected new officers and Board members at its 2017 Annual Membership meeting — all of whom are ready to roll up their sleeves to help keep the reinsurance industry relevant during these transitional times.  Our new officers include:  Andrew Downing (JLT Re) as Treasurer, and Laura Herubin (Mapfre Re) as Secretary.  Special thanks go to Mike Sowa (Aspen Re) who had worked tirelessly the past two years to bring the Association to where it is today. Mike will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past President.  In addition, we welcome Tom Hettinger (Arch Re), Danny Hojnowski (Trans Re), Brad Lord (Aspen Re) and Rod Thaler (Holborn Corporation) to the Board.  They are a welcome addition to their fellow esteemed board members.

Each member company is eligible and encouraged to have a representative on the IRUA Board. I would love to hear from you if you are interested in having a representative from your company serve on the Board. In addition, the IRUA relies heavily on a network of volunteers from its Member Companies to deliver their top tier programs. The volunteer contributions are critical to the success of the IRUA.  In return, the volunteers grow their teamwork, leadership and networking skills. The IRUA is a platform where young and seasoned professionals work and learn side by side through hands on participation. Please consider volunteering your skills and talents!

Save the date for our 2018 Annual Meeting and Conference being held on April 11-13 2018 at the Marriott World Center, Orlando Florida. Event planning is in full swing and promises to be an engaging and thought provoking conference, so mark your calendars now, and continue to check back for confirmed speakers and panels.

I look forward to serving as your president, and would love to hear your suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to me directly using the contact information below.


Arlene Kern (Munich Reinsurance America) President, IRUA, Inc.
@arlenekern2 (twitter)