RenaissanceRe appoints David Marra and Ross Curtis to new roles

RenaissanceRe has announced the appointments of David Marra to EVP, Group Chief Underwriting Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance Reinsurance U.S., and Ross Curtis to EVP, Chief Portfolio Officer, effective January 1, 2023.

David Marra is currently the Chief Underwriting Officer for the Casualty & Specialty segment and President of Renaissance Reinsurance US, having been with the firm since 2008.

As Group Chief Underwriting Officer, Marra will be responsible for developing and executing the Company’s underwriting strategy, including risk appetite, client engagement, and business and product development. Additionally, he will join RenaissanceRe’s Governance Committee.

In the newly formed role of Chief Portfolio Officer, Ross Curtis will be responsible for the implementation of RenaissanceRe’s gross-to-net strategy, improving the company’s ability to create attractive portfolios and match those portfolios with the most appropriate capital.

Curtis will also oversee risk tolerance, portfolio optimisation, deployed underwriting capital, and the Claims function. He will remain a member of RenaissanceRe’s Governance Committee.


Curtis is currently the Group Chief Underwriting Officer for RenaissanceRe and has held underwriting roles of increasing leadership since the late 90s.

Kevin J. O’Donnell, President and Chief Executive Officer of RenaissanceRe, commented, “We believe we are entering one of the most attractive markets in decades. The appointment of two of our most seasoned leaders to these crucial roles positions us to capitalise on market opportunities and optimise our gross-to-net strategy across underwriting cycles.

“These appointments reflect our deep bench strength. In his 15 years at RenaissanceRe, David has grown our Casualty & Specialty business into an industry-leading franchise and built our U.S. platform from the ground up.

“His client and broker relationships stretch across our underwriting book, and his risk acumen, coupled with his ability to bring together all aspects of the Integrated System, make him an excellent choice for this critical role.

“Ross is one of our most seasoned executives, and his underwriting expertise, combined with his deep understanding of our Integrated System, will ensure we remain at the forefront of portfolio construction and capital efficiency as we execute into this attractive market.”

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