Allied World's Barry Zurbuchen Appointed Chief Risk Officer

Oct 15, 2010, 10:30 ET from Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd

PEMBROKE, Bermuda, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd today announced that Barry Zurbuchen, Senior Vice President, Modeling and Corporate Pricing of Allied World Assurance Company Ltd, has been named that company's Chief Risk Officer.

In his role as Senior Vice President, Modeling and Corporate Pricing, Mr. Zurbuchen is responsible for the company's reinsurance, insurance and enterprise risk modeling activities and is a central resource for all pricing models. He has been integral to the development and enhancement of the company's Economic Capital Model. In his new role as Chief Risk Officer, he will continue to oversee the Economic Capital Model and the catastrophe modeling throughout Allied World. In addition, he will oversee Enterprise Risk Management for Allied World globally, including assuring compliance with regulators and the Solvency II directive.

Mr. Zurbuchen has 23 years of experience in the insurance industry. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and graduated with the highest departmental distinction from the University of Illinois with a B.S. degree in Actuarial Science.

About Allied World Assurance Company

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd, through its subsidiaries, is a global provider of innovative property, casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions, offering superior client service through a global network of branches and affiliates. Our insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries are rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, and our Lloyd's Syndicate 2232 is rated A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor's and Fitch. Please visit our website at for further information on Allied World.

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