The Worshipful Company of Actuaries’ award recognises the former Swiss Re CEO's climate contributions

John Coomber, the former CEO of Swiss Re and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, was presented with the Worshipful Company of Actuaries’ Award of Honour for his outstanding contribution to the actuarial profession.

As head of Swiss Re, Coomber, who was the first foreign CEO of the Zurich based company, became convinced that climate change has become the world’s number one risk.

He incorporated climate change into the business agenda and endeavoured to raise awareness of the risk with the business community and policy makers. Since retiring from the company he has sustained his commitment to promoting a low carbon economy; taking on the role of Chair of Trustees of The Climate Group, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change.

The award was presented to John by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries, Chris Ide, at the Company’s Annual Banquet at Mansion House on 28 May 2008 in the presence of the Swiss Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Alexis Lautenberg and the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens, Lord Levene of Portsoken.

Chris Ide said: “We are delighted to make this award to an actuary who is using his professional skills and experience to inform and equip business and governments to respond to the challenges of the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change”.

“Coomber's name will be displayed alongside those of George Ross Goobey, responsible for the “cult of the equity” in pension fund investment and Sir Brian Corby, former President of the CBI.”