Now in its 46th edition, the IBIS Academy was held in May 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. A hundred and fifty participants from Europe, the Americas and Asia took part in one of the three IBIS tracks. A new Mobility track aimed at global mobility specialists was added for the first time to the two traditional sessions, the IBIS Conference and the five-day training course, IBIS Institute.

The average cost of care for a typical American family of four covered by an average employer-sponsored PPO has more than tripled from an average of $8,414 for a family of four in 2001, to the current average of $25,826 according to a report by the Milliman Medical Index. While the percentage increase of 4.7% is the smallest yearly increase yet, it is still well above the increase in

Insilico Medicine will unveil a newly-developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) drug discovery engine at the Re-Work Machine Intelligence Summit in Berlin, Germany, to be held June 29-30, 2016. The AI engine is capable of predicting therapeutic use, toxicity, and adverse effects of thousands of molecules. Insilico says that this drug-discovery engine has the potential to transform the pharmaceutical industry and double the number of drugs on the market by “developing multi-modal deep-learned and parametric biomarkers as well as multiple drug-scoring pipelines

The workplace has been slow to change, considering that the world outside it has changed considerably since the cultural revolution of the 1960s. The number of millennial cohorts in the workplace (those born between 1980 and 2000 and commonly known as Gen Y) recently surpassed the number of Baby Boomers, effectively ushering out decades of dated workplace practices that no longer fit the new culture. A new Gallup study

The United Kingdom following its referendum, in June 2016, decided to leave the European Union. From the perspective of global employee benefits and global mobility, the consequences are unknown as of June 24, the day when “Brexit” was announced. Not least because the modalities and the details of the forthcoming separation of the United Kingdom and the European Union are still to be negotiated according to the Treaty of Lisbon,

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The objective of Track and Trace Your Pension in Europe (TTYPE) is to allow E.U. citizens to find all relevant information about their pensions regardless of when and where they worked and accumulated pension rights. TTYPE’s European Tracking Service (ETS) extends and builds on existing National Tracking Services (NTS) that store the pension records of an employee along his/her changes in employers in one same country. After a planning

Mario Greco, Zurich’s CEO since March 2016, in June 2016 announced a new corporate structure, shedding the existing life/non-life organization in favor of four regions and several global businesses. The heads of North America, Latin America, Europe-Middle East-Africa and Asia-Africa will report directly to him as well the heads of Global Corporate, of asset management and of U.S. insurer Farmers. Combining life and non-life operations is easier in personal

As part of Zurich’s wider corporate reorganization, Kristof Terryn has been promoted in June 2016 to Chief Operating Officer (COO). The newly created position of COO includes operations, IT, underwriting, claims, reinsurance, actuarial and pricing. Terryn had been appointed head of Zurich’s non-life business as recently as September 2015, after three years as the head of its life operations. A 48 year old Belgian, Kristof Terryn is a member

Generating Valued Outcomes from your Global Well-Being Program Well-being programs are a must-have today – and they can be both simple and efficient Andrew Sykes and Colin Bullen Worldliness – Being W.O.R.L.D. Wise, part 1 How to make the most of an assignment abroad – the first in a 6-part series Natalie Richter Lockton 2016 Forum in London – Report Summaries of a selection of presentations Eric Muller-Borle Predictive

Chris Mayo has been appointed in June 2016 Head of Global Services and Solutions (non-North America) at Willis Towers Watson. The Global Services and Solutions team works with local colleagues all around the world to ensure Willis Towers Watson delivers to the global needs of its multinational clients. A First class honours graduate in Mathematics of the University of Nottingham and a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of

The 2016 Asia Pacific Health Conference, to be held in Singapore on 14 July 2016, will share the findings of two studies by Willis Towers Watson pertaining to the Asia-Pacific region. The 2015/2016 Staying@Work survey will present how organizations take steps to develop and implement health and productivity programs to improve health culture and well-being. The 2015/2016 Global Medical Trends survey will show the results of medical cost tracking

Humanis, a large French employee benefits carrier that operates mainly as a paritarian institution and also is a major provider of health, life and retirement coverage for expatriates, in June 2016 hosted the ninth edition of its “Rencontres de la Mobilité Internationale” – or Global Mobility Conference. Compliance matters! A recurring theme heard over and over again at the conference, both from speakers and from attending practitioners, is the

Released in April 2016, a study entitled Association Between Carbohydrate Nutrition and Successful Aging Over 10 Years of more than 1,600 adults aged 50 years and older revealed that a diet rich in fiber from breads/cereals and fruits could be part of a successful strategy for aging successfully. A group of researchers from Australia’s Westmead Institute for Medical Research led by Associate Professor Bamini Gopinath, PhD, examined the relationship

Generali Group’s new CEO Philippe Donnet does not lose any time in making changes to the structure of the global insurance leader from Trieste, Italy. Generali in May 2016 announced the formation of a new “Global Business Lines & International” business unit, which will consolidate the individual units of Generali Global Business Lines (GBL), i.e. Generali Global Corporate & Commercial, Generali Employee Benefits (GEB), and Generali Global Health and

When the Lumina Foundation studied the Cigna Corporation’s Employee Reimbursement Program, they discovered that reimbursing employees for tuition spent on higher education is a valuable business investment that “translates into quantifiable cost avoidance for Cigna.” The Lumina Foundation, a national foundation focused on increasing post-secondary attainment, partnered with Cigna to design the study, which was conducted by Accenture. Lumina’s analysis of Cigna’s Educational Reimbursement Program (ERP) revealed that encouraging

Worldwide Broker Network (WBN) in May 2016 announced today the appointment of LeAnne Stefl as Director of Employee Benefits, reporting to Francie Starnes, WBN’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Founded in 1989, WBN today includes more than 100 firms on six continents. WBN members’ combined annual property & casualty and employee benefits premiums exceed $50 billion. LeAnne joins WBN from WBN member and broker HUB International, where she was

Patsy Langridge in May 2016 was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of MAXIS Global Benefits Network, an AXA and MetLife partnership. Based in MAXIS’ new headquarters in London, Patsy reports to Thierry Mestach, head of markets and strategy, working closely with the company’s CEO, Mauro Dugulin, as well as the other members of MAXIS’ leadership team, including Andrew Stocker, Head of Business Development, Philippe Ly Van Luong, Head of Technical

New regulations dealing with the protection of personal data for the citizens of the European Union went into effect on 25 May, 2016. E.U. General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) will fully replace Directive 95/35/EC in 2018, after a two-year transitional period. The new regulations, drawn up in 2012 for the purpose of ensuring a consistent and high level of protection of an individual’s personal data and rights, have

After hearing pension specialists all over the world moaning about the adverse effects of increased longevity, and seeing insurers and reinsurers alike offloading longevity risk onto (unsuspecting?) financial markets as if their lives (or at least their bonuses) depended on it, GBV found it both intriguing and refreshing that a respected and composed organization such as The Economist had the intestinal fortitude to organize a two-day conference in November

Expat assignments create or destroy value and leave positive or negative legacies depending on the success of the expat’s ability to integrate into the host culture(s). Cultural integration requires global skills on the one hand and acceptance from the host country office (even when taking on a global role while sitting at the host country office) on the other hand.

Why do so many well-being programs fail to deliver the outcomes that companies hope for? Their marketing makes well-being programs look highly appealing, and they feel right. But when organizations perform a dispassionate retrospective analysis of what has changed, looking for indications that benefit costs are being reduced due to improved health, there is invariably little reliable evidence.

The 2016 Lockton Global Forum took place over two days in May 2016 in Lockton’s offices in the City of London. It was attended by more than 100 delegates from 13 countries. The 2016 Forum featured a great number of in-depth presentations about generic challenges and possible responses, making it a good opportunity for global HR practitioners to sit back and reflect on their practices at a strategic level.

Administering global healthcare benefits has become a daunting task for multinational employers. Local compliance and medical cost containments have become our biggest challenges, and insurance carriers, third party administrators, consultants, and brokers are busier than ever looking for relevant information that will make the difference in their value propositions. One of the major elements of the cost containment equation, however, continues to be overlooked.

The National Center for Health Statistics (NHCS) in May 2016 reported that the percentage of Americans without health insurance has dropped below 10%, mostly due to provisions in the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) that give federal premium subsidies to low-income individuals to help them underwrite the cost of health insurance. In many cases, the insured pay little or no money to be included under health plans available in

The women’s market for insurance worldwide is growing rapidly, and is projected to attract $1.45 to $1.7 trillion through 2030, well up from the $800 million the insurance industry realized in 2013. Most significantly, over half of those trillions will come from emerging economies in Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Thailand, and Turkey. Recognizing the potential of these untapped markets, AXA, IFC, and Accenture collaborated to

For its 47th edition, the 2017 edition of the IBIS Academy will be held in Cannes, France, from May 1 to May 5, 2017 and include a three-day Global Mobility track, co-developed and co-hosted with AIRINC, as well as the IBIS Institute, a “boot camp” for practitioners; and the IBIS Conference, a series of cutting-edge presentations and panels for more experienced colleagues. Some sessions are shared between tracks and