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.

Christopher B. Gallagher

Christopher B. Gallagher

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

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 of Sompo International

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.

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