New Head of Technical Underwriting joins Markerstudy

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Dr William James has been appointed Head of Technical Underwriting at Markerstudy, reporting to Gary Humphreys, Group Underwriting Officer.

William joins Markerstudy from Willis Towers Watson, where he was responsible for analytics development and innovation of their non-life insurance software suite, integrating machine learning and AI methods into their products. He also led the non-life insurance pricing consulting practice for Willis Towers Watson in France for 4 years. Prior to this, he spent several years with the catastrophe risk and reinsurance team at AXA Group in Paris, after which he founded an actuarial reporting consultancy.

William began his career in Australia. After teaching statistics at the University of Melbourne during his Ph.D., he joined Optimal Decisions Group, now part of LexisNexis, where he specialised in behavioural modelling for insurance and led the development of their price optimisation engine.

William is an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries Australia, holds a Ph.D. in mathematical physics and degrees in science, actuarial studies, and French.

Gary Humphreys said: “Will brings with him 20 years’ experience across insurance, IT and predictive modelling, and his unique strengths will complement our 3-pronged strategy of innovation, technical excellence, and competitiveness within the underwriting and pricing functions.”