Willis Re delivers US wildfire risk underwriting insight to clients

10 July 2019


CMIF Supporting Member Willis Re has deployed a wildfire risk solution that can be used throughout the United States. to assess location level wildfire risk, and how the risk correlates to the company’s portfolio level wildfire exposure. Willis Re said this week that the new solution supports the organisation’s clients in writing and pricing wildfire risk with increased confidence and efficiency for the peril of wildfire.

According to Willis Re, recent and devastating wildfires in California revealed that many carriers do not have a good handle on their wildfire risk, largely due to existing industry models which do not accurately represent the hazard. To help clients bridge this gap, in 2016 Willis Re initiated development of a wildfire risk score. Today, Willis Re in partnership with SpatialKey, a leading data enrichment and geospatial analytics hub for the P&C industry, have enhanced this solution in order to deliver to clients at their point of quote.

Vaughn Jensen, Executive Vice President, Willis Re said: “The Willis Re Wildfire Score provides the framework for our clients to achieve meaningful portfolio and underwriting improvements with the least amount of disruption. We are also pleased to extend the scope of our partnership with SpatialKey and continue to explore how collectively we can deliver superior value to our clients.”

Tom Link, CEO and Founder, SpatialKey comments: “At SpatialKey, we help clients enable, enrich, and analyze data across underwriting, exposure management, and claims workflows. Our insight hub brings together expert content from over 20 data providers across multiple perils into a single platform. This initiative with Willis Re extends the reach of our underwriting platform and allows Willis Re to quickly, contextually, and flexibly deploy hazard data to their clients at their point of quote. We are excited to explore how we can bring operational efficiency to the market through our partnership.”

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