Casualty Insights Conference - New York

March 29, 2018
8:00am – 6:00pm ET

Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
1605 Broadway
New York, NY 10019


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Welcoming Remarks

9:05 am - 9:15 am

Opening Remarks by our Conference Chair

  • Lisa Kerr, Vice President, Risk Management, Henry Schein Inc.
9:15 am - 9:45 am

View from the Top: Reinsurers ‘In Conversation’

Reinsurance capital underpins the casualty marketplace: paying claims and shaping coverage. This opening session will hear 2 reinsurance executives in conversation, discussing the factors driving reinsurance appetite in the casualty sector. How do recent large claims shape availability and price of cover? What affect does portfolio underwriting have on individual renewals? This session will address these questions, and more…

  • Joseph Cellura, President, North American Casualty Division, Allied World (Moderator)
  • M. Steven Levy, President and CEO, Reinsurance Division, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
  • Keith Wolfe, President US P&C, Swiss Re
9:45 am - 10:30 am

Buyer’s Perspective: Disruption challenges on and over-the-horizon

Disruption is fast becoming a constant in business today: autonomous vehicles, wearable devices and the gig economy are just some of the new technologies currently shaping the liability and employment landscape. But what is over the horizon?

This session will ask casualty insurance buyers how they view the evolving challenges to their businesses and industries. The panelists will also discuss how well the insurance market is responding.

  • David T. Carlson, US Manufacturing & Automotive Industry Practice Leader, Marsh (Moderator)
  • Alan Gier, Director, Global Risk Management & Insurance, General Motors
  • John Kline, Director, Risk & Insurance Management, Discover Financial Services
  • Amy Wagner, Vice President, Global Products, Insurance & Risk Management, Ryder System, Inc
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Break

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Mass Torts and Other Large Claims

This session will outline some large claims (not just mass torts) that are affecting the industry. What will the cumulative effect of these events be on the casualty sector? How, if at all, do they change the liability dynamic?

As a risk manager, how do influences outside your own risk profile affect your renewal? This session will address large loss events in 2017 and follow the ripple effect into your renewal.

  • Jonathon Drummond, Head of Casualty Brokerage, North America, Willis Towers Watson (Moderator)
  • Josh Gold, Shareholder, New York, Anderson Kill
  • Phil Goldberg, Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Civil Justice and Co-Chair, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
  • Emily O. Slater, Managing Director, Burford Capital
  • Megan Watt, Chief Claims Officer, Everest Insurance
11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Autonomous Vehicles: Changing Liability, but how?

Considered by many as an impending sea-change to auto, personal and products liability, autonomous vehicle technology is moving fast. But how imminent is the change and what will it look like? With live trials being conducted in New York this year, this session will look at autonomous vehicle technology and how the insurance market is responding.

  • Elizabeth K. Johnson, Head of Excess Casualty, AIG (Moderator)
  • Alan Gier, Director, Global Risk Management & Insurance, General Motors
  • Liz Kramer, Technical Director – Auto, Zurich
  • Michael R. Nelson, Partner, New York, Eversheds Sutherland
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Conference Luncheon

Track 1

Track 2

1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Strategies to Manage the Opioid Epidemic: Partnering with Your Pharmacy Benefit Manager

The opioid epidemic is rife in the US, creating employee sickness and absence and raising liability issues for employers. Panelists will address the size and dynamics of the problem for employers and address how to tackle the issue with your PBM. How will employee health and wellness be managed? This session will also look at how the insurance industry is using technology to track behaviors and detect problems sooner.

  • Thomas F. Ryan, Senior Principal, National Practice, Integrated Casualty Consulting, Willis Towers Watson (Moderator)
  • Dr. Craig J. Ross, Regional Medical Director, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Nina McIlree, M.D Vice President, Medical Management, Zurich
  • Laura O’Leary, Director Managed Care, Everest Insurance


2:30pm – 3:15pm

Risk Financing and TPA’s: transparency and pricing of claims

How do Third Party Administrators price their services, including managed care costs? How does the TPA approach differ from insurers? This session will outline risk financing and claims cost nuances for bundled and unbundled programs. Panelists will also discuss fraud in the Workers’ Compensation arena – what is the extent of the problem and how is ti being handled?

  • Leslie Batterson, Senior Claims Consultant and Aon Optics Co-Thought Leader, Aon (Moderator)
  • Mike Hessling, Executive Vice President – Chief Client Officer, Gallagher Bassett
  • Tim Roberts, Vice President – Workers Compensation Claims, Everest Insurance


3:15pm – 3:45 pm

Adjusting to an aging workforce: re-engineer your Return-to-Work program

An aging and changing workforce is changing the risk landscape – introducing new exposures to employers. This session will explore opportunities to revise your RTW program in light of these new exposures.

  • Emil Metropoulos, Senior Vice President – Workers’ Compensation & Terrorism Specialty Practice Leader, Guy Carpenter
  • Mary Tavarozzi, National Leader – Group Benefit Practices, Willis Towers Watson

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Tax Reform: Impact Analysis

A major tax reform bill passed as legislation in late-2017. This session will discuss the potential impacts on insurance companies – and more specifically casualty long-tail lines.

Panelists will consider cash flow, border adjustments, potential surplus and income statement impacts and investments.

  • Aidan Kelly, Associate Director, Aon (Moderator)
  • Philip Jacobs, Principal, National Insurance Tax Sector Leader, KPMG
  • Michael Natal, Head Regional Tax, Senior Vice President, Swiss Re
  • P. Bruce Wright, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland


2:30pm – 3:15pm

InsureTech: a game-changer, but how?

Using real examples of applications from innovation leaders, this session will explore what insurers are investing in and why. There is increasing capital flowing into the insurance industry, searching for solutions to problems. Where is that money invested and what returns are anticipated?

  • Audrey Rampinelli, Senior Risk Executive, Vice President, Risk Management (Moderator)
  • John Heveran, SVP and CIO of Commercial Insurance, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Alex Schwarzkopf, CEO, Co-Founder, Pillar Technologies, Inc
  • Sarah Street, Director of XL Innovate, XL Catlin


3:15pm – 3:45 pm

The Gig Economy: Distinguishing between Employee and Contractors

The Gig Economy – led by the likes of Uber, Lyft and other disruptive companies – is redefining the lines between an employee and independent contractor. What are the impacts of this new type of employer to the insurance industry and organizational liabilities?

  • Barry Martin, Executive Vice President, Old Republic Risk Management (Moderator)
  • Jim Blinn, EVP, Client Solutions, Advisen
  • Temitope K. Yusuf, Partner, Arent Fox LLP
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Afternoon Break

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Afternoon Keynote

AIG’s Brian Duperreault and Aon’s Tony DeFelice will discuss perspectives on the overall insurance marketplace, Mr. Duperreault’s plans for AIG and in particular its casualty business.

  • Tony DeFelice, Managing Director and Casualty Practice Leader, Aon
  • Brian Duperreault, President and Chief Executive Officer, AIG

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Closing Remarks & Reception

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