Stephen Young, IQUW
23 July 2021Bermuda analysis

IQUW poaches Sompo exec to lead new Bermuda office

Specialty re/insurer IQUW has hired Stephen Young as chief executive officer (CEO) of its new Bermuda office and global head of reinsurance.

IQUW’s Bermuda office provides re/insurance products and services to third party clients. It received approval from the Bermuda Monetary Authority for its new Bermuda office in June.

Young was previously CEO of Sompo International Reinsurance Group.

IQUW recently rebranded from Arcus 1856 as it embraces the use of data and intelligent automation to enhance its underwriting decisions.

Meanwhile Kate Hamilton also joins IQUW and sister syndicate ERS as chief people officer. She joins from Guy Carpenter where she was managing director and head of international human resources.

Peter Bilsby, ERS Group CEO, said: “The launch of our new Bermuda entity continues to deliver on our strategic plan to become a more diverse, data-led P&C re/insurer and Stephen adds a wealth of experience and expertise that will help us grow our re/insurance portfolio. Kate’s appointment will help us focus on our people agenda as we enhance our culture of collaboration, innovation and continuous improvement.”

Young said: “I am thrilled to be joining IQUW to launch our new Bermuda entity, execute on our vision to become a global, multi-line re/insurer and to enhance the overall value proposition in this strategically important market.”

Hamilton added: “Having just rebranded as IQUW, this is the perfect time to join the firm to support its growth strategy. I am looking forward to shaping our culture and an agenda that includes the voice of the employee as we continue our efforts to develop a diverse, engaged and highly skilled workforce.”