New York
11 July 2017
Reporter: Mark Dugdale

XL Catlin hires Ochsenkuehn as head of global programmes


XL Catlin has raided AIG to recruit Sonja Ochsenkuehn as head of global programmes.

Ochsenkuehn joins XL Catlin from AIG with more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. Most recently, she was head of knowledge strategy and network guidance.

In her new role, Ochsenkuehn will have direct responsibility over XL Catlin’s global programme platform, which has doubled the number of programmes it manages since 2011.

XL Catlin’s recruitment of Ochsenkuehn follows the arrival of Steve Bauman as head of global programmes and the captive practice in North America in May.

Global insurance programmes “are central to XL Catlin’s offering”, according to the insurer. Last year, its insurance businesses led 70 percent of the nearly 3,500 global programmes it participated in, arranging for more than 18,000 local insurance policies to be issued.

Ochsenkuehn will have oversight of teams in New York, London, Zurich, Mexico City, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Vienna. She will report to Philippe Gouraud, XL Catlin’s global head of strategic client and broker management.

Gouraud commented: “We are delighted to welcome Sonja Ochsenkuehn to our global programmes team. She has a track record of thriving in roles with a multinational focus and for delivering innovation. Sonja is the latest addition to the significant investment in talent we have made this year to support the growth of our global program and captive business.”

“We made the strategic decision to strengthen our team because we recognise our clients’ needs are changing and getting more complex, moving from the traditional risks, such as property and casualty global programmes, to include political violence and terrorism, supply chain disruption or cyber risks.”

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