New Officers elected to the ICMIF/Americas Board

Monday, 10 December 2012

The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation / Regional Association for the Americas (ICMIF/Americas) recently elected new officers for the 2012-2013 Board of Trustees at its recent Annual Members Meeting held during the ICMIF/Americas 20th Annual Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dr. Rafael Moliterno Neto, Chief Executive Officer of Seguros Unimed in Brazil, was elected Chair of ICMIF/Americas. He succeeds retiring Chair Dennis Deters, former Executive Vice President of The Co-operators Group in Canada, who focused on the expansion of membership, programs and services during his tenure. Dr. Moliterno’s challenge will be to continue this work, particularly with the recruitment of new cooperative and mutual insurer members for ICMIF/Americas in the USA, Canada and Latin America.

According to Deters, Dr. Moliterno was elected for his strong leadership skills, many years of experience in the insurance industry and his dedication to and conviction in the value of the cooperative and mutual insurance model. This year Dr. Moliterno represented ICMIF at the annual conference of the Latin American Association of Insurance Supervisors (ASSAL), a policy and training forum for all Latin America insurance regulators, which took place in Quito, Ecuador.

Today he serves as CEO of Seguros Unimed, which is among the largest providers in Brazil for health insurance (4th), life insurance (13th) and retirement (14th), serving over 6.1 million members. Prior to his current role, Dr Moliterno has served as President of the Unimed Medical Association in Americana, his home city in São Paulo state, as well as President of Unimed Bandeirantes Federation of Cooperatives of São Paulo. He was also formerly Director of International Relations at Unimed do Brasil, President of Unimed Technology and Development Director at Unimed Foundation.

Lyne Giroux, Director, Risk Management, Desjardins General Insurance Company in Canada, was elected Vice Chair of ICMIF/Americas. In 2005 Ms Giroux joined Desjardins General Insurance Group’s newly created Risk Management and Compliance division, where she developed and implemented a corporate approach and framework for legal compliance. In her current role she is responsible for coordinating Desjardin’s overall risk management activities and for developing and implementing a risk management framework, considering risk exposure and appetite, mitigations measures and risk indicators; while taking into account Desjardins Group’s overall framework.

Mary Carolyn ("MC") Porter, Senior Underwriting Manager for Broker Assumed Reinsurance at American Agricultural Insurance Company, USA, was re-elected Treasurer. MC has been in the insurance industry since 1986, and in reinsurance since 2000 at American Agricultural Insurance Company. In her work at American Agricultural her territories include Central and South America, as well as the United Kingdom, France, and some Central European countries. From 2013 she will also be responsible for Canada. MC has been involved in the non-life group treaties for the Latin American Reinsurance Group of ICMIF members (the LARG Group) since the its inception.

Ec. Andrés Elola Curuchaga, General Manager of Cooperativa de Seguros SURCO in Uruguay, was re-elected Secretary of ICMIF/Americas. Since 1992 Mr. Elola has worked as General Manager of Cooperativa de Seguros SURCO directing and coordinating the strategic and operational direction of the organization. He has served on the board of AUDEA, the Uruguayan Association of Insurance Companies, since 1994 and was elected Secretary, Vice-President and finally President in 2010.

About ICMIF/Americas:

ICMIF/Americas (based in Washington, DC) is the Americas regional association of the ICMIF. At regional level, ICMIF/Americas represents 66 cooperative and mutual insurers in 20 countries throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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