Hiscox taps new underwriting chief

Veteran executive joins the company after stints at Kiln, MS Amlin

Hiscox taps new underwriting chief

Insurance News

By Ryan Smith

Specialist insurer Hiscox has announced the appointment of Matthew Wilken as chief underwriting officer for Hiscox Re & ILS, effective Monday.

In his new role, Wilken will join the Hiscox Re & ILS executive team and will be responsible for executing the Hiscox Re & ILS underwriting strategy. He will be based in Bermuda and report to Kathleen Reardon, CEO of Hiscox Re & ILS.

Prior to joining Hiscox, Wilken served as head of reinsurance at MS Amlin. He spent his early career in a variety of underwriting roles at Kiln Syndicate, ending his tenure as deputy active underwriter for Kiln Reinsurance. Following his stint at Kiln, he served as chief underwriting officer and later president at Argo Re Short Tail, then moved to Ariel Re as active underwriter S1910 and deputy global head of reinsurance.

“Matthew has a deep reservoir of market-cycle knowledge, and his wealth of experience, gained both in London and Bermuda, will be invaluable as we navigate the evolving risk landscape,” Reardon said. “With his proven leadership skills and a strong market reputation, we are delighted to be further strengthening our underwriting and executive team.”

“With rate momentum in our favor and a compelling strategy in place, it’s an exciting time to be joining Hiscox Re & ILS,” Wilken said. “I look forward to leading the talented team of underwriters and driving the reinsurance underwriting strategy forward.”

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