Mr. Wallis started his career in the London reinsurance market before transferring to New York in the 1970s where he held executive and CEO roles for U.S. domiciled reinsurance companies. His experience is heavily underwriting focused from both a U.S. and U.K. perspective and encompasses most lines of business but more specifically property, energy, marine, aviation, auto, commercial casualty, surety and A&H. For the past 16 years Mr. Wallis has been a reinsurance consultant and arbitrator and has developed extensive claims experience in his role as consultant and run-off manager for an active reinsurer where until November 2011 he was retained to manage a substantial run-off portfolio of treaty and insurance program business.
He has been appointed to over 90 arbitration panels (over 80% in the last 6 years as umpire or sole arbitrator) and has been engaged by U.S., London Market, European, South American and Asian insurers and reinsurers.
He has extensive experience in senior management and corporate affairs and currently serves as the Executive Director of the IRUA ( Intermediaries and Reinsurance Underwriters Association) an international reinsurance industry trade association focusing on promoting professional excellence through educational & networking events and other initiatives. Previously he served on the IRUA board from 1997 and was a member of the Association Governance Committee and of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Reinsurance – the sole quarterly academic reinsurance publication. See www.irua.org for more information.
He is a Certified ARIAS-US Umpire & Arbitrator,AIRROC. Owing to time commitments, early in 2016 he retired as a ARIAS (UK) Panel Member. In 2009 he joined with a group of other experienced industry professionals to establish Su Vino Holdings, Inc. - latterly trading as ISG International, Inc. - which acted as advisors, consultants, managers, capital facilitators and business acquirers in and to the U.S. insurance industry. Due to a change in focus that business was discontinued in 2017.
With his long experience in the U.S., London and international markets he has an extensive network of contacts in most areas of the business and if he is unable to assist he probably knows someone or an organization that can.