8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcoming Remarks by our Conference Chair

  • Audrey Rampinelli, Vice President, Risk Management, Loews Corporation
9:15 am - 9:45 am

Keynote Address

  • Scott G. Stephenson, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Verisk Analytics
9:45 am - 10:30 am

The Buyer’s Perspective

We operate in turbulent times… In this session, a panel of risk managers will discuss disruption in its various forms.
What disruptions are risk managers seeing in their own businesses? What types of exposures and risk management challenges does disruption present? The panel will also discuss how they would like to see the insurance market disrupted – what could the market do better and how?

  • Stephen Kempsey, US Casualty Practice Leader, Marsh (Moderator)
  • Jennifer De La Torre, AVP Risk Management, AT&T
  • Roger L. Hammer, Director, Risk Management, American Water Works Service Company, Inc.
  • Jesse Paulson, Executive – Insurance, General Electric Company
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Break

Track 1

Track 2

Specialty Breakouts

11:00 am - 12:30 am

11:00am – 11:45am / Wearable Technology

How is technology driving the capture and analysis of data from workers and end-users? How is this information shaping risk transfer decisions among insurance buyers? This session will address the impact of wearable devices on the insurance market and look at its possible impact on various casualty lines.

  • Christopher Flatt, Workers Compensation COE Leader, US Casualty Practice, Marsh (Moderator)
  • Adam Bellin, Founder + Director of Business Development, Human Condition Safety
  • Mark Heaysman, Head of Sales and Operations USA, dorsaVi
  • Dr. Ismail Nabeel, Assistant Professor Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health Systems
  • David Roy, 2nd Vice President, Forensic Engineering Laboratory, Travelers


11:45am – 12:30pm / Drones – An Airborne Revolution

The business applications for drones are increasing at an alarming pace. What are the current commercial uses of drones and how will this trend develop? This session will look at the impact of new regulation and explore how the insurance market is addressing the risks.

  • David Merker, SVP, Aerospace Northeast Regional Manager, Willis Towers Watson (Moderator)
  • Steven Fargo, CEO, DataWing Global
  • Chris Proudlove, SVP, Manager, Northeast Regional Office, Global Aerospace
  • Cheryl Yetka, Treasurer, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

11:00am – 11:45am / Insurance Disruptors

How is new technology and the customer-driven revolution shaping the insurance sector? This session will consider new insurance start-ups, data sources and technology and examine the threats and opportunities they pose for the commercial casualty sector. Panelists will ask how existing insurers are adapting to these disruptors.

  • Meredith Bullock, Senior Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway (Moderator)
  • Michael Ian Coles, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Cedent
  • Jim Keating, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Keating Companies
  • Bob Reville, President & Chief Executive Officer, Praedicat
  • Shannon Totten, SVP, Casualty Insurance Practice Leader Bermuda, Endurance


11:45am – 12:30pm / Catastrophic Claims

Using case studies of catastrophic casualty claims as a springboard, this session will explore trends in large claims and address insurer claims handling strategies. Panelists will also discuss trends in tort liability litigation and ask how pending cases could impact the tort landscape.

  • David Bradford, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Advisen (Moderator)
  • Andy Barberis, Global Head of Excess Casualty Claims, AIG
  • Marissa Beyers, Senior Vice President, Trial Behavior Consulting Inc.
  • John Denton, Managing Director, Marsh

11:00am – 11:45am / What does regulation under President Trump mean for your environmental liability?

The regulatory outlook under President Trump is not clear. Based on his campaign platform he may be more lenient on global warming issues, reduce regulatory burdens on business and reduce funding of environmental programs and possibly enforcement.

This session will examine the regulatory outlook under the new administration and ask whether changes really lessen liability for corporations and their environmental exposures. Panelists will also consider how insurance carriers might consider the regulatory environment in their underwriting decisions.

  • Marcel Ricciardelli, Senior Vice President, Allied World (Moderator)
  • Earl Hagström, Partner, Sedgwick LLP
  • Hiral Shah, Eastern Region Manager, Environmental, XL Catlin
  • Howard Tollin, EVP, President, Environmental, SterlingRisk Environmental Services


11:45am – 12:30pm / The Intersection of Environmental Liability with Other Insurance Covers

Environmental liability (EL) cover does not exist purely as a result of the pollution exclusion in General Liability policies. What are the other coverages under an environmental policy and how do they intersect with existing insurance products? This session will outline the main cover under an EL policy and their applications, including first party and third party exposures. Panelists will also discuss the EL insurance sector, considering capacity, pricing and other factors in flux in today’s market.

  • Marcel Ricciardelli, Senior Vice President, Allied World (Moderator)
  • Christopher Alviggi, Vice President, Marine & Energy Group, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Adeeb Fadil, Senior Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Brett Holmgren, Senior Vice President & Director of Consulting, Robert M. Currey & Associates
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Conference Luncheon

Track 1

Track 2

Specialty Breakouts

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

1:30pm – 2:15pm / The Internet of Things and Liability – who will pay when things go wrong?

Products are becoming increasingly connected across the internet. But where does liability lie when devices malfunction or are hacked?  This session will address products liability and explore liability across device manufacturers, network providers and software developers following a malfunction or security breach.

  • Shannon Groeber, Senior Vice President, Cyber/E&O Practice, JLT Specialty USA (Moderator)
  • Paul Ferrillo, Counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Elizabeth Johnson, Global Head of Excess Casualty, AIG
  • Jennifer Rothstein, Senior Director, Insurance Channel, Kroll


2:15pm – 3:00pm / Workplace Violence – Prevention, Mitigation & Crisis Management

More than 2 million US employees are victims of workplace violence each year and Incidents, including active shooters, are on the rise. This session will address pre-loss strategies for preventing losses and outline how to respond well in a crisis. Panelists will use case studies to highlight examples of good and bad mitigation.

  • Paul Primavera, Executive Vice President, National Risk Control Services – Practice Leader, Lockton Companies (Moderator)
  • Wendy Mellk, Principal, Jackson Lewis
  • Kendell Moore, Vice President, Abernathy MacGregor

1:30pm – 2:15pm / Captives – Do you still need one?

Most large companies and more middle market companies answer with a resounding “yes!” This panel will explore why companies continue to establish captives even in soft casualty market conditions. Topics will include the strategic role of captives in a casualty risk management program, how do captives facilitate or hinder M&A, innovative uses of captives, the impact of recent tax developments and the growth of micro captives, and using a captive to access reinsurance capital.

  • Joseph Peiser, Executive Vice President, Head of Casualty Broking, Willis Towers Watson (Moderator)
  • Jim Barbuti, Senior Vice President, Global Risk Management, XL Catlin
  • Barry Martin, Executive Vice President, Old Republic Risk Management
  • Mike Serricchio, Senior Vice President, Marsh
  • Soraya Wright, Risk Management Professional


2:15pm – 3:00pm / Insurance Industry M&A

Will the consolidation trend continue in 2017 and what affect might it have on capacity, rates and insurance products? This session will use recent insurance M&A as case studies on the effects of consolidation on the industry – Are business models changing? Does M&A lead to spin-off, niche operations?

  • Joseph Cellura, President, North American Casualty Division, Allied World (Moderator)
  • Paul Jardine, Chief Experience Officer, XL Catlin
  • Nicole Michaels, Business Transformation and Performance Improvement Insurance Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
  • James Naklicki, Senior Analyst – Property & Casualty Insurance, Citi

1:30pm – 2:15pm / Construction – all wrapped-up?

Construction and property renovations are booming across all industries, bringing to the fore the question of who takes out insurance cover on a construction project. This session will explore the technical differences between owner-controlled insurance programs (OCIP) and contractor-controlled insurance programs (CCIP).  Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of each type of policy.

  • Matthew Summers, Managing Director / Project Insurance Practice Leader, WTW North America Construction Practice (Moderator)
  • Aldo Fucentese, VP National Insurance – Division Underwriting, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Penni Nelson. Director, Risk Management, Hillwood
  • Lori Robinett, Senior Vice President, Construction Service Group, Aon
  • Jeffrey Vita, Partner, Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C.


2:15pm – 3:00pm / The Multinational Debate

Global business expansion is expected today, but purchasing insurance on a global basis is not straightforward. It is important for businesses to apply the same level of scrutiny to the purchase of their insurance program as they do on their due diligence for international expansion. This session will address the specific considerations in structuring a truly multinational program. Panelists will highlight troublesome regions, identify challenges around local policies, language, tax regimes etc. How can partnership with brokers and carriers – while bringing in external advisors and data points – inform an appropriate insurance program?

  • William Porter, Head of International Sales, Zurich North America (Moderator)
  • Joerg Reinholdt, SVP, Global Casualty, Chubb
  • Thomas Ringe, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
  • Bruce Wineman, Sr. Managing Director, Aon Risk Solutions
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Break

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Market and Claims Trends

This session will explore primary and excess claims and pricing trends, in key casualty lines of business. The panel will focus on commercial auto and workers compensation and address the market influences on these major lines of business in the casualty sector. The panel will touch on loss trends, regulatory changes and insurance buying trends and ask where these developments might lead in the coming year.

  • Marc B. Orloff, SVP & GM, National Insurance Casualty & Middle Market, Northeast, Liberty Mutual Insurance (Moderator)
  • Julie Hespe, SVP Product Leader, Commercial, QBE
  • Joseph McCarthy, Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer – National Casualty Practice, Aon
  • Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, Safety National
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

The View from the Top

Top insurance industry executives will give their insights into the most significant trends and developments in the casualty insurance market. Topics to be addressed include factors driving the casualty pricing cycle, capacity, loss reserve adequacy, underwriting discipline and emerging risks.

  • Tony DeFelice, Managing Director and Casualty Practice Leader, Aon (Moderator)
  • Alexander Baugh, President, Liability and Financial Lines, AIG
  • Paul Horgan, Head of North America Commercial Insurance, Zurich
  • Keith Wolfe, President US P&C – Regional & National, Swiss Re
  • Jonathan Zaffino, President, Everest Insurance North America
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Closing Remarks & Reception

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