Phil Hobbs to be new IUA chair

Phil Hobbs, President and Managing Director of Liberty Special Markets, has been elected as the new Chair of the International Underwriting Association (IUA). He replaces Rob Kuchinski, Head of Commercial Insurance at Zurich UK, who is retiring.

Phil Hobbs has been a member of the IUA Board since March 2019 and was previously a Deputy Chair of the association. His election took place at a meeting of the IUA Board on December 14th and he will formally assume the role of IUA Chair from Mr Kuchinski on 1 January 2023.

IUA chief executive Dave Matcham said that “our Board is responsible for setting the overall strategy of our organisation and is made up of senior leaders from across the company market. It has been led with great effectiveness by Mr Kuchinski for the past two years – a period that has seen overall IUA membership grow to record levels. I would like to thank him for his dedicated support and wish him well in his retirement.

Matcham added that “Phil Hobbs is well placed to take on the role of Chair, He is already a respected contributor to Board discussions and a well-regarded leader in our market. In early January we will be publishing the IUA’s business plan for the year ahead. I look forward to working with him as we deliver the member services promised in this document and support the development of new digital services for the company market.”