Russell Higginbotham New Swiss Re CEO Reinsurance EMEA
Swiss Re in August 2018 appointed Russell Higginbotham as CEO Reinsurance EMEA and Regional President EMEA; he joins the Group Executive Committee. He succeeds Jean-Jacques Henchoz, who leaves for Hannover Re.
Russell Higginbotham most recently led Swiss Re’s global Life & Health (L&H) Products Division. Previously, he was CEO of Swiss Re UK & Ireland, CEO of Swiss Re Australia and New Zealand and led the company’s L&H businesses in Japan and Korea. He began his career as a Senior Marketing Analyst with Provident Mutual Life Assurance Association and later as an Assistant Manager with Munich Re before joining Swiss Re.
He holds a BA (Hons) in Business from the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and an MBA in Finance from Henley Business School, UK, as well as a Diploma (DipM) from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is a Fellow (FCII) & Chartered Insurer from the Chartered Insurance Institute in London, UK.
He has also held various appointments outside Swiss Re, having been a Director of both the Association of British Insurers and the International Underwriting Association, as well as President of the Insurance Institute of London.