New Swiss Re Head of Middle East and Africa

By: Swiss Re

Swiss Re today announces the appointment of Beat Strebel as the Market Executive for Middle East & Africa (MEA) effective 1 March 2019, subject to regulatory approval. Beat, currently Head of Property & Casualty (P&C) Facultative Europe, Middle-East & Africa (EMEA), will be based in Cape Town, South Africa and will remain a member of Swiss Re’s EMEA Management Team. He will be responsible for the both the P&C and Life & Health (L&H) reinsurance businesses in the region. He succeeds Tava Madzinga who took over the role of CEO of UK & Ireland at Swiss Re on 1 January 2019.

Beat brings 30 years of industry knowledge and expertise to bear in this strategically important high-growth region. He has strong emerging markets experience, not least from being the CEO of Swiss Re’s businesses in Caracas in Venezuela and Buenos Aires in Argentina early in his career, and latterly from five years as the regional head of our Central and Eastern European markets. Over the last 15 years he has held a number of combined L&H and P&C regional leadership roles in Europe and in the Americas at Swiss Re.

Beat has an MBA from the University of St Gallen and has completed post-Graduate studies for Senior Executives course at the Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Russell Higginbotham, CEO Reinsurance EMEA said, “I am very pleased to have Beat as the leader of our Middle East & Africa reinsurance business. He has an excellent track record of building strong client relationships and successful businesses in both developing and developed markets. His appointment is evidence of our commitment and ambition for this important region.”