Mike Mitchell Head Property & Specialty Reinsurance, Member of the Reinsurance Executive Committee Swiss Re
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Mike is responsible for leading the underwriting of Swiss Re's Property and Specialty business globally. He is based in Zurich.
Mike has over 30 years of reinsurance underwriting experience, more than 20 of these with Swiss Re.
He started his career in London, as an underwriter with M&G Re, moving to Singapore in 1993. Here he held a number of underwriting and client/broker relationship management roles, and developed extensive experience in Property and Casualty classes, with a strong focus on Natural Catastrophes and solutions to close the Nat Cat Protection Gap.
In 2001, he moved to Australia, and worked there for 16 years. During this time he continued his responsibilities for Asia, but extended his scope to include Australia/NZ. During his tenure there, he was involved in orchestrating Swiss Re's response to various significant Nat Cat events, including the 2011/12 NZ Earthquakes, Thai Floods, and Tohoku Earthquake / Tsunami as well as various Australian events. This involved working with the insurance industry, but also various governmental and research entities. During his time in Australia, he at times led Swiss Re's Global P&C structured reinsurance business, and regional broker relationships.
Outside of Swiss Re Mike served as Chairman of the Australian Nuclear Insurance Pool, and as a sounding board member of Macquarie University's Risk Frontiers research institute.
Mike has the privilege to be a citizen of Australia, Canada and the U.K.
He holds a BA from Exeter University in Economics and Politics, and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the UK.