QBE Re the reinsurance branch of the Australian insurer, announced the opening of a new Colombian office and a key regional hire to support local reinsurance in Latin America.
The new office will be located in Bogota, Colombia, and will write life reinsurance business.
It will be led by Christian Hofmann, who has been appointed Client Manager (Latam Life) for QBE Re.
Hofmann joins QBE Re from Howden, where he was Latam director of Life & Health and brings over 10 years of experience to the role. He reports to Peter Wilkins, head of specialty and life for QBE Re.
“Having a dedicated office in Colombia is the next step in our strategy to expand our presence in this region where we see considerable opportunity. This reinforces our commitment to the region and allows us to be closer to our clients to help provide more localised and immediate support,” commented Steve Postlewhite, managing director, Global Reinsurance at QBE Europe. “Christian brings extensive knowledge of the local markets and the life reinsurance market to the new role.”
The office is the second in Latin America for QBE Re, having established a local presence in Argentina in 2016, led by Guido Wolman, business development manager for QBE Re, with a portfolio focus in property/casualty reinsurance.