Wegener re-elected as Ferma president

Dirk Wegener has been re-elected as Ferma president for a further two years at the federation’s general assembly.

Laurence Eeckman, vice-president of group risk management at Electrolux and member of Swedish risk management association Swerma, was elected to the board for the first time. She replaces Maria Isabel Martínez, who had come to the end of her nine-year mandate.

Mr Wegener, who is 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.

He thanked Ms Marisa Martínez for her long contribution to Ferma, in particular the creation and development of its risk certification scheme Rimap.

He told Ferma’s virtual general assembly that the last year has not been easy but he believes we are seeing the “fruits of investment in risk management and resilience” as we move into Covid-19’s recovery phase.

“We have learned a great deal, which I would sum up in two short sentences: Cooperation is essential. Resilience is critical,” he told the assembly.

“We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to emerge stronger from the pandemic, transform our economies, and create opportunities and jobs for a greener, more digital and more resilient Europe,” added Mr Wegener.

He also took the opportunity to flag what Ferma has achieved during the past year.

Mr Wegener said the federation has strengthened contributions to European policy discussions on key topics of systemic risk, sustainability, digital issues and captives.

It has also enhanced online communications and contacts with member associations to exchange views and good practices, collecting facts and figures to better support the profession, he said.

Mr Wegener added that the federation has also digitalised its activities, notably the virtual Ferma Seminar and Risk Management Awards Week, held in association with Commercial Risk Europe.

And finally, he said Ferma has developed future growth avenues for its Rimap risk management certification.

Looking forward, Mr Wegener said key Ferma projects include lobbying and working on sustainability reporting and governance, a focus on increased insurance data sharing, proportionality for captive regulation, risks related to remote working and its resilience survey.

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