Hiscox Group appoints new Chief Actuary

London (23 January 2017) – Specialist global insurer Hiscox has announced the appointment of Helen Cooper as the Group’s new Chief Actuary, subject to regulatory approval.

Helen joins Hiscox from KPMG LLP, where she has held a number of senior actuarial roles since joining in 2005 - most recently as Actuarial Director. With over a decade of consultancy experience, Helen’s focus has been on general insurance, specifically with global insurers covering domestic retail business, large scale corporate and London Market products. Helen has a strong background in actuarial reserving, governance and reporting. While at KPMG, Helen was also responsible for embedding the HR strategy and its delivery across the 50-strong actuarial department.

At Hiscox, Helen will report to Hiscox Group Chief Financial Officer Aki Hussain with responsibility for the actuarial reserving function as well as working closely with each business’s actuarial team to align and drive Group-wide efficiencies.

Commenting on the appointment, Aki said: “Helen is an excellent addition to our finance team.  She brings a strong technical background combined with an excellent understanding of both the Retail and big ticket Lloyd’s insurance business.”

Helen has been a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries since 2008. She established, and was the founding chair, of the “Women in the Actuarial Profession” working party within the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, which aims to address gender imbalance at a senior leadership level by supporting the development of female talent within the profession. She is an examiner for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, setting examination papers for the general insurance fellowship examinations, and a member of the General Insurance Research Organisation Committee (GIRO).  Helen is also a Trustee on the Board of Directors of the charity Inspire! – The Hackney Education Business Partnership.


For further information please contact:

Hiscox Ltd    
Chloe Maloney  +44 (0) 20 3321 5629  [email protected]  

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About The Hiscox Group

Hiscox is a global specialist insurer, headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). Our ambition is to be a respected specialist insurer with a diverse portfolio by product and geography. We believe that building balance between catastrophe-exposed business and less volatile local specialty business gives us opportunities for profitable growth throughout the insurance cycle. It’s a long-standing strategy which in 2015 helped generate gross premiums written of £1,944.2 million and a profit before tax of £216.1 million.

The Hiscox Group employs over 2,200 people in 13 countries, and has customers worldwide. Through the retail businesses in the UK, Europe and the US, we offer a range of specialist insurance for professionals and business customers as well as homeowners. Internationally traded, bigger ticket business and reinsurance is underwritten through Hiscox London Market and Hiscox Re.

Our values define our business, with a focus on people, quality, courage and excellence in execution.  We pride ourselves on being true to our word and our award-winning claims service is testament to that. For more information, visit www.hiscoxgroup.com.

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