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Ferma’s top board members take up new two-year term

Ferma’s president and vice-presidents have all taken up new two-year mandates at the federation’s virtual Ferma Talks event this week.

President Dirk Wegener, global head of corporate insurance for Deutsche Bank and a member of the German risk management association GVNW, took over as Ferma president two years ago from Jo Willaert.

His vice-presidents Charlotte Hedemark, senior risk specialist, customer success, global risk and assurance services at SAP, and Philippe Cotelle, head of cyber insurance and head of insurance risk management at Airbus Defence & Space, will also continue in post for a further two years.

Gaëtan Lefèvre, group risk, insurance and ethics manager at John Cockerill Group, is reaffirmed as treasurer for the period and Typhaine Beaupérin, Ferma’s CEO, as secretary general.

Speaking at a dinner during the two-day Ferma Talks event, Wegener said that despite the pleasure of being able to meet again in person, the pandemic is not yet over and other disruptions are likely.

Climate change, digitalisation, the European Green Deal, sustainability and the hard insurance market all present risks and opportunities, he said.

“Our objective must be to create resilience in our organisations so they can respond with flexibility and agility to shocks – wherever they come from. A lesson that we will take forward from the pandemic has been the importance of coordination and cooperation across functions and with external partners,” said Wegener.

But he said the insurance on offer is “diminishing”, particularly in some critical lines, and urged the insurance market to continue as a key partner helping organisations understand and mitigate risks.

“Risk collaboration is essential to resilience. Collaboration between business and the insurance market benefits all of us,” he said.

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