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CAS Spring Meeting to be Held May 20-23 in Phoenix, Arizona

05/16/2012 —

ARLINGTON, VA – Opportunities and challenges in becoming a successful Chief Risk Officer, the impact of climate change on the insurance industry, and the future of the actuarial profession are among the featured topics to be addressed during the Spring Meeting of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), scheduled for May 20-23, 2012 at The Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

The meeting provides a forum for actuaries and other insurance professionals to stay abreast of current issues affecting the actuarial profession, as well as opportunities to interact with other actuaries from around the globe.

Three general sessions headline the program:

  • CERA: The Opportunities and Challenges on Your Way to Becoming a Chief Risk Officer convenes a panel that will review the opportunities and challenges with the new Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA) credential and the steps to becoming a successful Chief Risk Officer.
  • Determining the Impact of Climate Change on Insurance Risk and the Global Community will provide actuarial perspectives on the use of climate change information in risk management and decision making. In this session, the findings of the first phase of a two-phase study to develop an index of key climate change indicators will be presented.
  • The Future of the Profession will discuss the trends that are emerging in the actuarial profession, the implications of these trends, and what the actuarial profession can do now to address these issues.

In addition, a keynote session will feature a panel of insurance company CEOs, who will discuss current issues facing the property/casualty insurance industry and how these issues affect the actuarial profession. The panel will be moderated by Mark Vonnahme, finance professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and include Bill Martin, president and CEO, Bankers Insurance, John Welch, president, CNA Surety, and Donald A. Smith, president and CEO, SCF Arizona.

About 25 concurrent sessions round out the education program. Sessions cover a variety of topics, including the state of the reinsurance market, the evolution of predictive modeling, California workers compensation, underwriting cycle modeling, homeowners insurance in Texas, auto safety advances, and catastrophe modeling.

Members of the press are welcome to attend the meeting and are asked to register in advance with Mike Boa, CAS Director of Communications and Marketing, at 703-562-1724 or

Complete details on the meeting can be found on the CAS Web Site.

The Casualty Actuarial Society fulfills its mission to advance actuarial science through a focus on research and education. Among its 5,700 members are experts in property-casualty insurance, reinsurance, finance, risk management, and enterprise risk management.

Contact Information

Mike Boa, Director of Communications and Marketing


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