Swiss Re Names Ali Shahkarami Global Head of P&C Solutions

A former CAT Risk Modeler at RMS, Shahkarami joins Swiss Re from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, where he was Chief Data Officer.

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Swiss Re (Zurich) has announced the appointment of Ali Shahkarami as Global Head P&C Solutions, reporting to Russell Higginbotham, CEO Reinsurance Solutions. The appointment is effective immediately. Based in Munich, Shahkarami will lead a global team of insurance and data experts to deliver state-of-the-art property, specialty and casualty solutions for clients of Swiss Re’s newly launched Reinsurance Solutions division, according to a Swiss Re statement.

Ali Shahkarami, Global Head P&C Solutions, Swiss Re.

Shahkarami joins Swiss Re from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS, Munich) where he was Chief Data Officer. Prior to that role, he held various leadership positions at AGCS in Munich and California, ranging from catastrophe risk modeling and research to innovating technology solutions for underwriting use cases and relevant processes.

Before joining AGCS, Shahkarami was a Lead CAT Risk Modeler at RMS (Newark, Calif.), a software and technology company focused on catastrophe risks. A civil engineer by training, Shahkarami holds a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He spent several years in the fields of structural engineering and material science with specific applications to aerospace.

Russell Higginbotham, CEO Swiss Re Solutions.

Insurance Knowledge, Data & Tech Background

“We’re delighted to welcome Ali to our global Reinsurance Solutions team. With his extensive insurance knowledge, complemented by his outstanding data and technology background, Ali knows exactly our clients’ business and digital needs,” comments Russell Higginbotham, CEO Reinsurance Solutions, Swiss Re. “Together with his team, he will deliver cutting-edge solutions across the entire P&C value chain, leveraging Swiss Re’s advanced data insights and industry-leading risk knowledge.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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