The International Insurance Society (IIS) announced that Denis Kessler, chairman & CEO of SCOR, is the 2014 Insurance Hall of Fame inductee. The Insurance Hall of Fame award honors insurance leaders who have made a broad, encompassing and lasting contribution to the insurance industry and who are recognized by their peers as successful leaders, innovators and visionaries.

IIS said a slate of five nominees for the Insurance Hall of Fame was selected by the IIS Honors Committee, a body of senior insurance executives and academics, and voted on by the IIS membership by secret ballot tabulated and conducted by an independent auditing firm. The Honors Committee also has selected Robert J. Kiln, former chairman of RJ Kiln & Co., to receive the award posthumously.

IIS said Denis Kessler has contributed to the insurance and reinsurance industry during the course of his career. Since he became chairman of SCOR in 2002, Kessler has transformed a group on the verge of collapse into the fifth-largest reinsurer in the world.

IIS added Robert J. Kiln established himself in the insurance and reinsurance worlds during his almost 50 years in the Lloyd’s market. He had the vision to develop standard wordings for existing classes of business, helped create new covers for clients and also developed approaches to underwriting. He also led the insurance and reinsurance community, always fighting for fair and swift payment of claims.

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