Pictured: Editor-in-Chief Shawn Moynihan onstage with BCI Seguros CEO Mario Gazitua Swett, who was accepting the award for Southern Cone Insurer of the Year, and Reactions US Reporter Michael Heusner.
Reactions hosted its annual Latin America Insurance & Reinsurance Awards 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Miami Thursday night, during which the best and brightest in the business of re/insurance in LatAm were honored for their accomplishments in calendar year 2018.
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Moynihan emceed the ceremony, which saw 22 companies honored and five individuals received their own personal award.
Hannover Re was named Reinsurer of the Year, while Willis Towers Watson won took honors for Broker of the Year. Banorte Seguros picked up two awards, both for the coveted Insurer of the Year honor as well as for Mexico Insurer of the Year.
Munich Re took two honors as well, for Andean Reinsurer of the Year and Mexico Reinsurer of the Year. Swiss Re also won two, for Caribbean Reinsurer of the Year and the Excellence in Reinsurance Service Award.
Individual honors went to Javier Suarez of Seguros Bolivar for Insurance CEO of the Year; James Grieve of SCOR Re, for Reinsurance CEO of the Year; Willis Towers Watson's Luis Maurette for Insurance Broking CEO of the Year; Francisco Martinez of Som.US for Reinsurance Broking CEO of the Year; and Gustavo Scheffler, Chairman, Latin America for Odyssey Re, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Scheffler was particularly moved by the honor, and received one of the biggest ovations of the night when his award was announced. In his acceptance speech, he repeatedly thanked his colleagues in the LatAm insurance business and swore that he would remain their friend long after he would exit the business.
The full list of winners of Reactions' Latin America Insurance & Reinsurance Awards 2019 follows:
INSURER OF THE YEAR
REINSURER OF THE YEAR
BROKER OF THE YEAR
Willis Towers Watson
TREATY REINSURANCE BROKER OF THE YEAR
FACULTATIVE REINSURANCE BROKER OF THE YEAR
RISK MODELER OF THE YEAR
LOSS-ADJUSTMENT FIRM OF THE YEAR
McLarens Panama, S.A.
TRANSACTION OF THE YEAR
The acquisition of Generali units in Panama by ASSA Compañía de Seguros S.A.
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AWARD
San Cristóbal Seguros, for its digital transformation efforts, including the underwriting, sale and management of auto insurance, purely digitally.
EXCELLENCE IN REINSURANCE SERVICE AWARD
INSURANCE CEO OF THE YEAR
Javier Suarez, Seguros Bolivar
REINSURANCE CEO OF THE YEAR
James Grieve, SCOR Re
INSURANCE BROKING CEO OF THE YEAR
Luis Maurette, Willis Towers Watson
REINSURANCE BROKING CEO OF THE YEAR
Francisco Martinez, Som.US
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Gustavo Scheffler, Chairman, Latin America, Odyssey Re
REGIONAL AWARDS: REINSURERS
ANDEAN REINSURER OF THE YEAR
BRAZIL REINSURER OF THE YEAR
IRB Brasil Re
SOUTHERN CONE REINSURER OF THE YEAR
CARIBBEAN REINSURER OF THE YEAR
MEXICO REINSURER OF THE YEAR
CENTRAL AMERICA REINSURER OF THE YEAR
REGIONAL AWARDS: INSURERS
ANDEAN INSURER OF THE YEAR
BRAZIL INSURER OF THE YEAR
SOUTHERN CONE INSURER OF THE YEAR
CARIBBEAN INSURER OF THE YEAR
Guardian Insurance Company
MEXICO INSURER OF THE YEAR
CENTRAL AMERICA INSURER OF THE YEAR