Chairman, US Specialty at Willis Re
Mr. Ward is a C-Suite Executive recognized as an accomplished and results-focused leader with entrepreneurial mindset and progressive record of growth and achievement in the insurance and reinsurance industry. He has a proven depth of leadership excellence with high degree of ethics and professionalism in all endeavors.
As a skilled leader Conan has built, staffed, and led two international reinsurance franchises in Bermuda from start-up to mature, market-leading, NYSE-listed companies with offices around the globe. He has integrated two major acquisitions (Talbot and IPC) into existing reinsurance operations. Conan has designed, implemented, and led winning marketing and operational strategies for three start-up operations and insurance/reinsurance consulting clients.
Conan has designed and implemented underwriting systems, controls, and customer-focused service standards that produced highly profitable portfolios at both Axis and Validus Re (14% return on average equity). He utilized long-standing broker and client relationships to build a $600M book of business from scratch at Axis Re, and a portfolio of over $1.2B at Validus Re. As a skilled negotiator and relationship manager Conan established and managed client and broker profitability and trading relationships through historically volatile periods in the global reinsurance marketplace.