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ABOUT QBE

Protecting your business from every possible angle

The QBE Insurance Group is one of the world's top insurers and reinsurers, providing cover in more than 140 countries.

QBE has a long history of providing commercial insurance solutions to the MENA region via the Lloyd’s platform. In 2009, we expanded our Middle East offering by opening an office in Dubai to service the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. With comprehensive products and deep underwriting expertise, we can cover a wide range of business risks and find solutions to even the most complex challenges. QBE Insurance, Middle East is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority and is licensed to carry on Financial Services with or for professional clients.

2020 at a glance

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Global reach

The Middle East office forms part of the wider QBE Insurance Group, which has operations in 27 countries worldwide.

At QBE, our purpose is to give people the confidence to achieve their ambitions

Financial strength

The strength of the QBE Insurance Group balance sheet means you can transfer your risks to us, confident in the knowledge that if you ever need to make a claim, we’ll be here for you.

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All figures from 2020. For more, visit the Financial Reports and Presentations area on our Group website, where you can also find information for investors and shareholders.

Highly rated

Our strength and security is reflected in the insurer financial strength ratings that we receive.

QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited

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A+

Stable

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A+

Negative

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A

Stable

QBE Insurance Group

Standard & Poor's A+ Stable

Fitch Ratings A+ Negative

A.M. Best A Stable

QBE UK Limited (“QBE UK”)

Standard & Poor's A+ Stable

Fitch Ratings A+ Negative

A.M. Best A Stable

QBE Europe SA/NV (“QBE Europe”)

Standard & Poor's A+ Stable

Fitch Ratings A+ Negative

A.M. Best A Stable

Lloyd's (566 part of 2999)

Standard & Poor's 5

Fitch Ratings

A.M. Best

QBE Reinsurance Corp. (America)

Standard & Poor's A+

Fitch Ratings A+ Positive

A.M. Best A

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QBE Insurance Group

A+ Stable

A+ Negative

A Stable

QBE UK Limited (“QBE UK”)

A+ Stable

A+ Negative

A Stable

QBE Europe SA/NV (“QBE Europe”)

A+ Stable

A+ Negative

A Stable

Lloyd's (566 part of 2999)

5

QBE Reinsurance Corp. (America)

A+

A+ Positive

A

Meet our Executive Management Board

Jason Harris

Jason joined QBE as Chief Executive Officer, International in October 2020. Prior to joining QBE, Jason held a number of global and International leadership roles at XL Group including most recently as Chief Executive, Global Property and Casualty and previously as Chief Executive, International Property and Casualty. He previously worked at AIG/Chartis in several senior roles including Executive Director, Commercial Lines. He is an underwriter by background and started his career in offshore energy. He has worked in insurance for over 25 years.

Mike East

Mike joined in 2015 from Canopius, where he had been Head of Claims since 2006. He has more than 20 years’ experience in claims and he is a current member and former Chairman of the London Market Association’s Claims Committee.

Mike has led QBE’s Claims team since 2016.

Cecile Fresneau

Cécile has 20 years of insurance industry experience and joined QBE in 2018 to manage its UK Insurance business. In April 2021 she was promoted to run QBE’s Insurance Division, which comprises of the UK, Europe and International Markets business units. Prior to joining QBE, Cécile held a number of senior positions at Zurich, including Head of Personal Lines for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Chief Underwriting Officer for UK General Insurance and before that worked for Insurance Australia Group in Sydney. Cécile was named Active Underwriter for syndicate 386 in 2020.

Joe Gordon

Joe has more than 30 years’ experience in Operations. He started working in the industry in 1996 when he joined AIG, where he went on to hold several roles. He then worked for Zurich Insurance in the UK and Switzerland, before joining QBE in 2013 as Chief Operations Officer.

Nick Hankin

Nick was appointed as Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO) for QBE International in April 2021, having joined as Deputy CUO in July 2020 and the Group CUO team in March 2020. He has 25 years of underwriting experience across major GI organisations including RSA, Aviva, Axa, AIG and Zurich including P&L Leadership, Strategy, Risk & Governance, Technical Underwriting Director and as Chief Underwriting Officer.

Nick also served as Managing Chair of Climatewise and sits on the CII Professional Standards Committee and the CII Board of the Society of Underwriting Professionals. Nick holds a degree in History, the ACII and an MBA from City University.

Steve Postlewhite

Steve joined QBE in November 2018.  Prior to joining QBE, Steve spend 14 years at Aspen Insurance, where his roles over time included CEO of Aspen Insurance, CEO of Aspen Reinsurance, Group Chief Risk Officer and Chief Actuary.  Prior to Aspen Steve worked at the UK regulator, the FSA and at KPMG where he trained and qualified as an actuary..

Today, he leads our Reinsurance division.

Emma Higgins

Emma joined QBE in August 2020 from AXA XL where she held senior roles for just over 3 years most recently a duel hatted role as HR Director for the International Reinsurance and Insurance business and HR Leader for the UK and Asia Pacific which combined both product and geography with global business partnering on one side of the matrix and ‘local’ leadership with board responsibilities on the other.

Prior to this Emma was at MetLife for over 12 years, the last 7.5 years were spent in New York as Vice President Human Resources.

Chris Killourhy

Chris has worked for multi-national insurance and consulting companies across the globe and has a strong background in actuarial science, economics, governance, technical pricing and capital modelling. He joined QBE in 2015 as the Chief Actuary of Equator Re. Chris moved to Sydney to take up the role of Chief Actuarial Officer for Australia & New Zealand in 2017 before being appointed CFO of Australia Pacific in 2018. He was appointed CFO for QBE International in 2021.

Steve Postlewhite

Steve joined QBE in November 2018.  Prior to joining QBE, Steve spent 14 years at Aspen Insurance, where his roles over time included CEO of Aspen Insurance, CEO of Aspen Reinsurance, Group Chief Risk Officer and Chief Actuary.  Prior to Aspen Steve worked at the UK regulator, the FSA and at KPMG where he trained and qualified as an actuary.

Today, he leads our Reinsurance division.

Nigel Terry

Nigel previously held the role of QBE European Operations Finance Director. Prior to working at QBE Nigel was the UK CFO at Aspen Insurance UK Limited and Aspen Managing Agency Limited (the agent for syndicate 4711), and an audit partner at PwC providing high quality assurance over financial reporting, controls and regulatory issues.

Giving something back

Our employees want to actively contribute to the communities where they live and work; they take part in a range of fundraising activities and initiatives to help people and communities thrive and achieve their goals.

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