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QBE Re further expands Bermuda team with new hire

QBE Re has appointed Melanie Lopes as Assistant Vice President, Lead Treaty Underwriter to its expanding Bermuda office.

Mel joins from SiriusPoint where she was most recently Assistant Vice President, Property Underwriter. She was previously Assistant Vice President, Specialty Underwriting prior to the merger between Third Point Re/Sirius Group.

In her new role, she reports David Cary, Senior Vice President Underwriting Manager and Head of Property and Casualty Bermuda.

The hire follows the appointment of Tracey Gibbons in September 2021 as Head of QBE Re Bermuda. In addition, Greg van der Made joined as Treaty Underwriter and Lauritz Schwarz as Underwriting Assistant  last year.

QBE Re has seen increased demand from global clients for specialty reinsurance and property business in Bermuda and sees a renewed opportunity under multiple lines.

Tracey Gibbons, Head of QBE Re Bermuda, said: “Mel is part of the continued expansion of the Bermuda office and QBE Re as a whole. We are building the team and the product offering to be able to provide our brokers and clients with the support they need across multiple classes with best-in-class underwriters. We would like to welcome Mel to QBE Re and are thrilled to have her join our growing team.”


For further information contact:

Sandra Villanueva, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 7105 5284,

Alexis Burris, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 3465 3921,

About QBE

QBE helps businesses build resilience through risk management and insurance.

QBE European Operations is part of QBE Insurance Group, one of the world’s leading international insurers and reinsurers and Standard & Poor’s A+ rated. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, QBE’s gross written premium for the year ended 31 December 2020 was US$14.7 billion.

As a business insurance specialist, QBE European Operations offers a range of insurance products from the standard suite of property, casualty and motor to the specialist financial lines, marine and energy. All are tailored to the individual needs of our small, medium and large client base.

We understand the crucial role that effective risk management plays in all organisations and work hard to understand our clients’ businesses so that we offer insurance solutions that meet their needs – from complex programmes to simpler e-trading solutions – and support them in minimising their risk exposures. Our expert risk management and rehabilitation practitioners focus on helping clients improve their risk management so that they may benefit from a reduction in claims frequency and costs.