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 MySafeWorkplace, a third party, anonymous and confidential incident reporting system.


Board of Directors, Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

John R. Charman

John R. Charman

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

John Charman is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sompo International Holdings Ltd., and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Insurance and Reinsurance Business of Sompo Holdings, Inc., a role he assumed in April 2019. He joined the company as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board in May 2013 with four decades of global experience in the insurance industry including senior underwriting positions since 1975 and a Chief Executive Officer role since 1981. Most recently, he founded and served for 11 years as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Axis Capital Holdings Limited. Prior to that, Mr. Charman was the Chief Executive Officer of Tarquin plc, the parent company of the Charman Underwriting Agencies at Lloyd’s, which was sold to Ace Limited in 1998. Mr. Charman was a Deputy Chairman of the Council of Lloyd’s and a member of the Lloyd’s Core Management Group and Lloyd’s Market Board between 1995 and 1997 during the financial crisis at Lloyds.

Mikio Okumura

Mikio Okumura

Chief Executive Officer of Sompo International Holdings Ltd. and Executive Director, Sompo International Holdings Ltd. and Group Co-Chief Strategy Officer, Sompo Holdings, Inc.

Mikio Okumura was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sompo International Holdings Ltd. in January 2020 and an Executive Director of Sompo International Holdings Ltd. in March 2019. An Executive Officer of Sompo Holdings, Inc. since April 2015 and Director since June 2016, he has also served as Group Co-Chief Strategy Officer since April 2019. Previously, he served as business owner of Nursing Care & Healthcare at Sompo Holdings, Inc. since April 2017 and Chairman and Executive Officer of Sompo Care Inc. Mr. Okumura joined the company in Brazil in 1989 and, throughout his thirty year tenure with Sompo, has held leadership roles within investment banking, the overseas insurance business, and corporate planning.

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

Deputy CEO of Retail Insurance, Executive Director, Sompo International

Katsuyuki Tajiri is an Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Retail Insurance for Sompo International. He joined Sompo Holdings 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 COO 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 of Arts degree from Sophia University.

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