Captive Review January Edition

EDITOR’S LETTER

The Power 50 is an eagerly anticipated edition every year and for our review of 2014, it has been no different.

As ever, the response in terms of voter numbers was impressive and another record breaker – more than 600 votes cast with each nominating three individuals.

As outlined on page 15, the make-up of the Power 50 has evolved over the past 12 months reflecting the direction the industry is moving.

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There is an increased presence from those firms serving the United States’ smaller captive market, while employee benefits experts such as Lorraine Stack, of Marsh, and Karin Landry, of Spring Consulting, have made their way in as some of the world’s biggest companies begin adding the line to their captive.

For the first time this year, we have also included an additional eight names to look out for in 2015. These are individuals who have not made it into the 2014 Power 50, but Captive Review judges will play an integral role in the captive insurance industry over the next 12 months.

You’ll find these eight professionals highlighted, reasoned and spread out through the Power 50 coverage.

This edition also features a comprehensive roundup (p31) from the biennial European Captive Forum held in Luxembourg from 11-12 November.

ECF, hosted by the European Captive Insurance and Reinsurance Owners Association (ECIROA) and arranged by Captive Review, brought together around 1,000 industry professionals to discuss the key issues.

While Solvency II remains high on the agenda for captive owners, innovative and forward thinking conversations were found on the fringes of the conference as attendees discussed ways to take the industry forward.

Employee benefits was one of those hot topics in Luxembourg and in keeping with that theme, this edition also features an in-depth look (p28) at some of the considerations large captive owners should be taking when examining in this area.

Matthieu Rouot and Eric Butler of Maxis Global Benefits Network (GBN) go far in outlining how implementing wellness programmes can complement adding it to a captive, with the overriding sense that the benefits reach beyond the employee.

Click here to view the digital edition of the January 2015 Captive Review.

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