Adrian Cox, Beazley (UK)
Job title: Chief underwriting officer
Adrian Cox began his career at Gen Re in 1993, writing short tail facultative reinsurance before moving to the treaty department in 1997, where he wrote both short and long tail business specialising in financial lines. He joined specialty lines at Beazley in 2001 where he has performed a variety of roles, including building the long tail treaty account, managing the private enterprise teams, being an underwriting manager, and managing the large risk teams before taking responsibility for specialty lines in 2008. He was appointed to the Boards of Beazley Furlonge Ltd in 2008 and Beazley Plc in 2011. “My background in studying economics and history gives me a curiosity about how the world works,” says Cox. “The work at Beazley feeds that curiosity as we try to anticipate and respond to changes in drivers of business, risk and demand. Life around us gets continuously more complicated and insurance (especially beautifully designed insurance!) has a genuine benefit to society in mitigating and transferring that risk, particularly if it’s new and different.” Apart from work, Cox loves to read, cook and wrestle with a crossword.