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Ireland
RGA International Reinsurance Company dac
(RGA International Re)

Leadership

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​Patricia Kavanagh
FCCA
Managing Director
RGA International Reinsurance 
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Patricia Kavanagh is Managing Director of RGA International Reinsurance Company dac, a wholly owned subsidiary of RGA Americas Reinsurance Company Ltd., supporting clients located in Ireland, the U.K., Continental Europe (including Eastern Europe and Scandinavia), the Commonwealth of Independent States and Singapore. In this role, Patricia is responsible for the oversight and management of business written by RGA International Re through its branch operations.

Prior to joining RGA in 2008, Patricia had extensive experience in both the assurance and reinsurance industries and held many senior financial roles. She spent more than 17 years with the Great West Life Group serving in many key roles, including Investment Controller for its Ireland-based Canada Life Investment company and Chief Financial Officer for its Ireland-based reinsurance companies (Canada Life International Reinsurance and London Life and General Reinsurance Company Limited). Patricia is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

William Briffaut
William Briffaut
Deputy Managing Director
RGA International Reinsurance
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William Briffaut is Deputy Managing Director of RGA International Reinsurance Company dac. In this role, William is responsible for supporting the oversight and management of business written by RGA International Re through its branch operations.

Prior to joining RGA International Re., William was Chief Financial and Risk Officer for more than eight years with Leidsche Verzekering, then a direct life insurance subsidiary of RGA.

He has extensive experience in both the insurance and reinsurance industries and has held senior Risk and Financial roles with AXA and Fortis. William is a Fellow of both the Institut des Actuaires (France) and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK).

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Karl Cheese
B Sc (Hons) ACA
VP, Regional Head of Finance EMEA
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As Head of Finance for RGA International Reinsurance Company dac, Karl Cheese is responsible for the financial management of the Company's operations in the U.K., Continental Europe, India and Southeast Asia. He is based in Ireland.

Karl is also the Vice President and Head of Regional Finance for the EMEA Region where his responsibilities also include South Africa and the Middle East.

Karl has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales for 25 years. He has more than 20 years’ post-qualified experience in the assurance/(re)insurance sector. Prior to joining RGA, Karl spent nine years with CUNA Mutual Group, as the European CFO and Compliance Officer, establishing its European Operations for both life and non-life (re) insurance. Karl also served as Head of Finance for HSBC Life Europe Limited, and as the Finance Director of U.K. General Insurance in Ireland.

Karl is a past Director and Treasurer for DIMA (now part of Insurance Ireland) who represent international insurance and reinsurance companies and captives established in Ireland.  

Jason Wiebe
​Jason Wiebe
FSAI, FCIA, CERA
Chief Risk Officer
RGA International Reinsurance Company dac

As Chief Risk Officer for RGA International Reinsurance Company dac, Jason Wiebe is responsible for RGA’s risk management operations within the company. Jason is also the Chief Risk Officer, EMEA, where his responsibilities include the oversight of all risk management operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Jason is based in Dublin.
 
Jason has been with RGA since 2008, when he joined as Vice President, and Regional Actuary, U.K. and South Africa. At that time his responsibilities included the oversight of the pricing operations in these two offices. 
 
Prior to joining RGA, Jason worked for RBC Insurance, the insurance subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada. There, he had a wide variety of responsibilities, including: product and pricing oversight; pricing and appointed actuary responsibilities for Canada’s largest travel insurance provider; and asset-liability management. He was also the lead actuarial resource for three successful acquisitions undertaken by RBC.
 
Jason received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland (FSAI), a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA) and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA). He has also served in various volunteer roles with the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and is currently a member of the Society’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee.
 
Garth Lane
Garth Lane
BSc (Hons), FIA, FSIA
Head of Actuarial Function

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Garth Lane is Head of Actuarial Function for RGA International Reinsurance Company dac. In this role, Garth is responsible for the oversight and management of the actuarial function within the company. He is based in the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining RGA in 2003, Garth held many senior actuarial roles. He has extensive insurance experience, having spent more than 30 years in the life and life reinsurance Industry.

Garth is a Qualified Actuary and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (FIA) and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSIA) in Ireland.

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