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Hamilton announces panelists at GR Innovation & Insurtech Conference

HAMILTON, Bermuda, October 1, 2018 – Hamilton Insurance Group, the Bermuda-based property and casualty insurance and reinsurance company with operations in Bermuda and at Lloyd’s, today announced the lineup of panelists who will participate in a conversation on innovation at the GR Innovation & Insurtech conference to be held on November 19, 2018, at Rosewood Bermuda.

Hamilton CEO Pina Albo will lead a panel titled The Inspiration Injection.  Four executives will share their insight into the “secret sauce” that translates forward-looking vision into reality.

Joining Pina Albo will be:

  • Cathy Duffy, Bermuda market industry veteran
  • Jacqueline LeSage Krause, Managing Director of Munich Re / HSB Ventures
  • Karen Morris, Strategic Advisor specializing in innovation strategy and execution
  • Ann Petley-Jones, Founder and Owner, PetaData Holdings Ltd and Riverhead Investments Limited, and Past Group Chair and CEO of the Eastlink Bermuda Group

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to attract these four distinguished women to the GR Innovation & Insurtech conference,” said Pina Albo.  “Each has forged a remarkably successful career in her respective industry. We’ll be looking at what it takes to move from inspiration to application, and what can derail an idea that seems full of potential but falters and dies in execution.

“Given that the focus of the GR Innovation & InsurTech conference is the intersection of insurance and technology, we’ll also consider the common ground between the two industries that leads to true innovation.”

Albo, who tomorrow participates on a panel on the future of insurance at the InsureTech Connect conference in Las Vegas,  noted that Hamilton is lead sponsor of the conference, now in its second year, a position taken because of the Company’s strategy of leveraging data science and technology to transform underwriting.

“At Hamilton, we aim to embed technology in everything we do, whether it’s at Hamilton Re, our Bermuda platform, or Hamilton at Lloyd’s, our platform at Lloyd’s. Along with AIG and Two Sigma, we’re an investor in Attune, a US-based digital MGA focused on transforming the small commercial insurance market segment.

“Sponsoring the GR Innovation & Insurtech event aligns with our mission and our strategy, so we welcome the opportunity to enable lively and thought-provoking dialogue at this year’s conference.”

For information about how to register for the GR Innovation & Insurtech conference, please visit

About Hamilton Insurance Group

Hamilton Insurance Group is the Bermuda-based holding company for insurance and reinsurance operations that underwrite property and casualty risks in Bermuda and at Lloyd’s. The company leverages analytics and research to create underwriting and investment value for its clients and shareholders. For more information, please visit

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Panelists’ Biographies:

Pina Albo

 Pina Albo joined Hamilton Insurance Group as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018.

Pina began her career as a lawyer in Toronto, Canada. After practicing in real estate, corporate finance and M&A, she accepted a position at Munich Re as a claims expert.

During her 25-year career at Munich Re, Pina held increasingly senior positions which included Head of Casualty Unit, North America/UK and International D&O/EPL; Head of Casualty Operations at Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada and Temple Insurance Company; Executive Head of Department UK and Ireland; President, National Clients Division, Munich Re America; and President, Reinsurance Division, Munich Reinsurance America.

Pina’s most recent position at Munich Re was Member of the Board of Executive Management where her responsibilities included P&C business and operations in Europe and Latin America.

Pina currently sits on the Board of Directors for the IFG Companies, Blue Marble Microinsurance and Attune Insurance. She also serves as an ambassador for the Insurance Supper Club, an international organization that aims to improve networking opportunities for women across the finance and insurance industries.

She has been recognized for her contributions to the insurance industry and has received numerous awards including the Association of Professional Insurance Women’s “Woman of the Year” (2011). She was designated a “Top Influencer” in Insurance Business America’s List of “Hot 100” (2014) and placed in Intelligent Insurer’s list of ‘Top 100 Women in Re/insurance” (2014 and 2015).

Pina holds a Maîtrise en Droit, International and European Community Law, from L’Université d’Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en-Provence, France; Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Languages from the University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Cathy Duffy

Cathy Duffy is a veteran of the Bermuda international insurance industry having started in the industry as a summer intern at Wilcox Baringer in 1980.

Cathy has a wealth of insurance experience touching many aspects of the industry. She is the first Bermudian woman to gain her CPCU and one of the first two underwriting trainees hired by XL in 1988.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in insurance and is the author of Held Captive: A History of International Insurance in Bermuda, the first comprehensive book tracing the historical development of the international insurance industry in Bermuda.

Jacqueline LeSage Krause

Jacqueline LeSage Krause is the Managing Director of Munich Re / HSB Ventures, investing and partnering with innovative companies to develop growth opportunities for Munich Re, including its subsidiaries HSB and ERGO. Jacqueline serves on the board of directors of Trov, relayr, and Augury, and is a Board observer of Slice and Helium.

Jacqueline has more than 20 years’ experience creating the future in companies large and small, as a start-up founder, venture capital investor, corporate innovation leader, and management consultant. Most recently, she led the Innovation Management practice at Jump Associates, a 15 year-old boutique growth strategy and innovation consulting firm.

Prior to that, as VP of Innovation & Corporate Venture Capital at The Hartford, Jacqueline founded the team that invested in start-ups and incubated new businesses, including launching their first vehicle telematics offerings for consumers and commercial fleets, the industry’s first coverage for electric vehicle charging in homes, and IoT efforts in the cold chain and other B2B areas.

In 2011, her team received Global Corporate Venturing’s award for Best Practices in Financial Services for their unique approach to combining investing and incubation. She is an inventor on a number of patents related to new technologies and business models in insurance.

Jacqueline has a particular interest in innovation at the intersection of technology, risk transfer and infrastructure stemming from work early in her career on transportation infrastructure and project finance with A.T. Kearney in the US and China.

Jacqueline holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS Economics from the Wharton School.

Karen Morris

Karen Morris is a Strategic Advisor specializing in all aspects of innovation strategy and execution. She has developed unique, cutting edge methods and metrics for innovation and growth.

Karen has designed and executed strategic projects across a spectrum of issues from organizational redesign, product and service (re)creation, brand positioning, customer-centricity and distribution management, amongst others. She has focused particularly on CEO/President leadership skills for building innovation capabilities organizationally.

Karen was formerly Chief Innovation Officer of AIG and, prior to that, International Underwriting Counsel and Head of Product and Service Development for Chubb. She was European General Counsel for Kimberly Clark, a Fortune 500 company.

Karen has been a long-term innovation advisor to W. R. Berkley and Hyperion Group’s MGA, Lloyds’ largest international cover holder.

An English barrister, Karen has over 25 years’ experience in law, management, underwriting and multinational business. This rich and diverse international background informs her insight on product, service and business model innovation. She is a frequent speaker and writer on innovation and leadership at global forums and conferences around the world, including TEDx. Karen is a Senior Fellow of The Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations.

Karen served as adjunct professor at Fordham University in New York teaching Innovation and customer-centricity as part of the MBA program. She has been a visiting lecturer at universities in France and Spain, including IESE, voted the world’s foremost executive MBA program. She was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Howe School of Business at The Stevens Institute of Technology, The World BPO Forum and the University of Colorado.

Karen is a co-founder and director of The Global Sourcing Council, a not-for-profit committed to economic and sustainable best practice in the domain of global sourcing. In this connection, she has given pro-bono advisory support to developing countries’ presidents and their governments including the Philippines, Bangladesh and Mauritius.

Karen advises and mentors technology start-ups through a variety of programs at Columbia University/PowerbridgeNY and Cleantech Open.

Ann Petley-Jones

Ann Petley-Jones is a seasoned executive with a track record of success, with extensive operational, executive and board experience in corporate strategy, telecom and technology.

Ann is the past Group Chair and CEO of the Eastlink Bermuda group of six companies, which include LinkBermuda Holdings Ltd. and its various subsidiaries, which group comprises the international companies and assets for Bragg Communications outside Canada.

Ann was employed by IBM in Canada and the US for more than 20 years, during which time her specialties were risk management; corporate strategies and restructuring; and technology strategies.  She was the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Nova Scotia Power Inc. (now Emera).

Ann founded and owns two companies, PetaData Holdings Ltd., and Riverhead Investments Limited, of Hamilton, Bermuda.   She has more than thirty years of board experience, both on corporate and charitable boards.  She serves as Trustee or Board Member on several charitable boards and foundations: Dalhousie University Faculty of Management Advisory Board; Pearson College of the Pacific Foundation; US Foundation for the National Ballet School of Canada.    She is also: World Fellow, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; and a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association (US).

Ann has many previous board and trustee positions, some of which include:  past Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University; past Chair of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie; Medavie (previously Blue Cross Canada); the Nature Conservancy of Canada; the Sobey Art Foundation and the Sobey Art Prize; Symphony Nova Scotia; and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.