Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

The Board of Directors of Sompo International Holdings Ltd. (the Company), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sompo Holdings, Inc. and the successor to Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd., sets high standards for our employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company’s business.

Sompo International has established several methods to facilitate the communication of ethical concerns about the Company by employees, clients, vendors and other interested parties. Such communications may be reported by accessing Convercent, a third party, anonymous and confidential incident reporting system.


Board of Directors, Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

James Shea

James Shea

Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors,
Sompo International Holdings Ltd. and
Chief Executive Officer of Overseas Insurance and Reinsurance Business,
Sompo Holdings, Inc. and
Chief Executive Officer,
Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

James Shea was appointed Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sompo International Holdings Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer of Overseas Insurance and Reinsurance Business, Sompo Holdings, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer, Sompo International Holdings Ltd. in September 2021. Having served in various senior level positions in Canada, the U.S., UK, France, Japan and Singapore throughout his career, he was most recently CEO of Zurich Insurance Group’s Global Commercial Insurance Business and member of their Executive Committee from 2016 until 2021. Prior to that, he served as the President of Global Financial Lines for AIG in New York and CEO of Commercial Insurance for AIG in Asia Pacific. Earlier in his career, Mr. Shea held several senior underwriting and general management roles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University.

Mikio Okumura

Mikio Okumura

Group Chief Operating Officer,
President and Representative Executive Officer,
Sompo Holdings, Inc., and
Non-Executive Director,
Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

Mikio Okumura is Group COO, President and Representative Executive Officer, Sompo Holdings, Inc. He served as Executive Director of Sompo International Holdings Ltd. from January 2020 to March 2022 in which served as Chief Executive Officer from January 2020 to September 2021. He has been Executive Officer of Sompo Holdings, Inc. since April 2015 and was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer in April 2022. Previously, he served as Nursing Care & Healthcare Business Owner at Sompo Holdings, Inc. and Chairman and Executive Officer of Sompo Care Inc. since April 2017. Mr. Okumura joined the company in 1989 and, throughout his thirty year tenure with Sompo Holdings, has held leadership roles within the overseas insurance business and corporate planning including  group level strategy planning.

Christopher B. Gallagher

Christopher B. Gallagher

Executive Director,
Sompo International Holdings Ltd. and
Chief Executive Officer,
Sompo International Commercial P&C Insurance,
Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

Chris Gallagher was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Sompo International Commercial P&C in April 2019 after having served as Chief Risk Officer since 2015. Mr. Gallagher was named a member of the Sompo International Holdings Ltd. Board of Directors in February 2019. Prior to joining the company Mr. Gallagher held a global Chief Risk Officer role at a leading property and casualty carrier after serving as a consultant providing insurance and actuarial advisory services in the London market. Mr. Gallagher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Glasgow and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK.

Yuji Kawauchi

Yuji Kawauchi

Executive Vice President, General Manager, Global Business Planning Department, Sompo Holdings, Inc. Non-Executive Director, Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

Yuji Kawauchi is a Non-Executive Director and currently serves as Executive Vice President, General Manager, Global Business Planning Department of Sompo Holdings, Inc.  Mr. Kawauchi joined Sompo Holdings in 1988 and has held various management positions in his over 30 years of service to the company, primarily in the areas of corporate planning and global business strategy and in executive leadership roles in the company’s South Asia and East Asia regions.  In 2019, he was appointed to his current role leading business planning for Sompo Holdings on a global basis.  Mr. Kawauchi holds a degree from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Law.

Katsuyuki Tajiri

Katsuyuki Tajiri

Chief Executive Officer of Retail Insurance and Chairman of Retail Executive Committee, Executive Director, Sompo International Holdings Ltd. and Executive Vice President, Sompo Holdings, Inc.

Katsuyuki Tajiri is Chief Executive Officer of Retail Insurance and Executive Director for Sompo International Holdings Ltd. He joined Sompo Holdings, Inc. in 1990 and has held various management positions during his almost 30 years of service to the company, including planning roles in new product development, direct marketing, global strategy and more recently as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Sompo Holdings (Asia) which manages Sompo’s retail business in the ASEAN countries. In 2018, he was appointed Executive Officer of Sompo International Retail responsible for laying the foundation for this new integrated retail platform, which primarily focuses on personal lines products. Mr. Tajiri holds a bachelor’s degree from Sophia University in Japan.

Shinichi Hara

Shinichi Hara

Group CHRO, Senior Executive Vice President
and Executive Officer,
Sompo Holdings, Inc. and
Non-Executive Director,
Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

Shinichi Hara is Group CHRO, Senior Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, Sompo Holdings, Inc. He has been in the current position since April 2019. He served as Senior Vice President, General Manager, Global Business Planning Department from August 2017 to March 2019. Throughout his thirty-year tenure with Sompo Holdings, he had long been involved in the asset management division, and has leadership experience in a wide range of areas, including Investor Relations, corporate planning, and overseas insurance business.

Nicholas Walsh

Nicholas Walsh

Non-Executive Director,
Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

Nicholas Walsh was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Sompo International Holdings Ltd. in June 2022. Mr. Walsh spent 42 years with AIG, where he served in numerous leadership positions. He retired in 2014 as Vice Chairman of AIG Property and Casualty Inc. and previously served as Executive Vice President of AIG Inc., CEO of AIG’s international general insurance business and chair of several AIG regional companies.  Mr. Walsh has extensive experience on internal boards and international societies.  Since 2020, he has been an independent director of McGill and Partners Ltd. and McGill Global Solutions LLC, serving on all board committees. From 2014 to 2019, Mr. Walsh was an independent director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) PLC, a London-based multinational insurance broker, where he served as a member of Remuneration, Compensation and Nomination Committees and Audit and Risk Committees, and as a director of JLT’s U.S. subsidiaries.  Mr. Walsh holds dual British and American citizenship. He was educated at Wellington College, United Kingdom, before studying Business Administration at CEPAC in Brussels, Belgium.

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