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Elementum hires Ahmed from Axis Re as SVP Underwriting in Bermuda


Elementum Advisors, LLC, the insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund management and collateralised reinsurance underwriter, has made another strategic hire in Bermuda, appointing Shabnam Ahmed as Senior Vice President, Underwriting.

shabnam-ahmed-elementumAhmed has been hired from AXIS Re in Bermuda, where she worked in a specialty property reinsurance underwriting leadership position.

The hiring of Ahmed comes just two months after another key hire and announcement of an addition to the Elementum Executive Committee, which signals the ILS fund manager is building out a platform for growth at this time.

Ahmed’s role at Elementum will see her in a role that is instrumental in underwriting personal and commercial property risks for its investment portfolios, as well as retrocessional reinsurance business with US and global footprints.

Ahmed will also be tasked with providing support to Elementum’s portfolio construction efforts and assisting with the training and education of the next generation of its underwriters.

“Shabnam has a broad range of experience across the underwriting spectrum,” explained Paul Barker, Partner and Portfolio Manager at Elementum.  “Her multifaceted expertise from roles in both London and Bermuda bring a meaningful and complementary perspective and will help to bolster the sophisticated reinsurance-linked products for which Elementum is known.”

Ahmed’s most recent role was as Vice President & Head of Specialty Property for Bermuda at Axis Reinsurance.

At AXIS, Ahmed held a variety of responsibilities in underwriting and technical pricing functions.  Before her time at Axis, Ahmed served as Group Actuary in Bermuda for Partner Reinsurance and has also held positions with reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter and consultancy Towers Watson in London during her career.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Shabnam to Elementum,” Tony Rettino, Founding Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager at Elementum commented on the hire.  “The contributions she brings, with her underwriting, actuarial and technical pricing expertise, reinforce our commitment to recruiting the best talent in insurance-linked investments.”

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