2 April 2015Actuarial & underwriting

Willis appoints Bermuda chair

Willis has appointed Paul Scope as chairman of Willis Bermuda, encompassing all of the firm’s operations on the Island.

Before joining Willis, Scope was chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of JLT Park, the Bermuda based specialty re/insurance division of UK-listed broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT).

Between 2003 and 2007 he was chairman and CEO of the Park Group which had offices in Bermuda, London, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto and San Francisco. In 1989, Scope established Park International, one of the first major independent wholesale brokers in Bermuda, which later became Park Bermuda and was acquired by JLT in 2007.

Steve Hearn, deputy CEO of Willis Group, said: “Paul is a highly-respected figure in the industry with a distinguished list of achievements. I am personally delighted to welcome him to Willis, where his unique skills and experiences will allow him to drive the continued development of our client offering and our business.”

Todd Jones, CEO of Willis North America, added: “Bermuda has a special place within the global re/insurance network. It is therefore critical that Willis continues to invest in enhancing our capabilities to ensure we always offer the broadest possible range of broking and risk management solutions. I look forward to working with Paul closely to serve our clients both in North America and worldwide.”

Scope said: “As well as being one of the world’s pre-eminent re/insurance hubs and its chief captive domicile, Bermuda is also leading the charge as a provider and user of alternative risk transfer. A favourable business environment and a truly enviable concentration of underwriting talent and capital mean that Bermuda can rightly claim the title of the world’s risk capital. I look forward to harnessing this innovative spirit and delivering the most highly-tailored risk management solutions for our clients.”