With nearly three decades of experience analyzing natural disasters and risk, Dr. Gero Michel has been named Head of Risk Analytics at Montpelier Reinsurance Ltd., the Bermuda reinsurance subsidiary of Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd.

Michael will report directly to Christopher Schaper, president of Montpelier Reinsurance Ltd. “Gero brings a wealth of intellectual capabilities, business experience and leadership qualities to Montpelier, and I look forward to working with him,” Schaper said. “Improving the assessment of risks and translating that knowledge into better underwriting decisions are key challenges in our industry, and the addition of Gero further strengthens our team in these areas.”

Michel will focus on enhancing Montpelier’s risk analysis efforts for natural catastrophe exposed businesses including research, development, portfolio optimization and other underwriting initiatives.

Most recently, Michael served as managing director of Willis Research Network and head of product development for Willis Global. Previously, he led international property catastrophe underwriting at Endurance Bermuda, and he headed climate model development at RMS and was senior analyst at Hannover Re DE and Hannover Re Bermuda. Michel has a PhD and MSc in Geosciences from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany and has also completed executive education at Harvard Business School. Prior to working for the industry, he was an academic leader at the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam and lecturer at the University of Freiberg, Germany.

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