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New rating agency head appointed by AON Benfield for UK & EMEA

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Aon Benfield, the world’s premier reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor, has appointed Chris Myers as head of Rating Agency Advisory for its UK and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions. Based in London, Chris will guide re/insurers through the ratings process and advise them on the financial, operational and strategic issues that influence a company’s financial strength rating.

Chris is also head of Aon Benfield’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) practice globally and was previously based at the firm’s New York office. As head of ERM, Chris will continue to direct efforts assisting re/insurers with ERM framework support and related analytics.

Prior to joining Aon Benfield in September 2008, Chris was director and ERM specialist in Financial Institutions Ratings at rating agency Standard & Poor’s. There he was responsible for co-authoring ERM ratings criteria and conducting ERM assessments of re/insurers.

He brings more than 16 years of risk management experience in the financial services industry and has also worked at Citigroup, Chubb Corporation and AIG.

Chris, a CFA charterholder, is a member of the CFA Institute and Global Association of Risk Professionals, in addition to holding the certified Financial Risk Manager designation.

Kelly Superczynski, global head of Aon Benfield Analytics’ Rating Agency Advisory, said: “As business dynamics and rating agency criteria continue to evolve, re/insurers need to stay abreast of the metrics that matter most to their companies’ ratings. Chris’s unique combination of ERM expertise and rating agency experience will truly differentiate Aon Benfield Analytics’ capabilities in the UK and EMEA and enable our clients to optimize their financial ratings.”

Source : AON press release