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QBE Re targets growth in Latin America with new office in Colombia

QBE Re has announced the opening of a new Colombian office and a key regional hire to support local reinsurance in Latin America.

The new office will be located in Bogotá, Colombia and will be writing Life reinsurance business. It will be led by Christian Hofmann who has been appointed Client Manager (Latam Life) for QBE Re.

Christian joins QBE Re from Howden, where he was Latam Director of Life & Health and brings over 10 years of experience to the role. In his new role, he will be responsible for the Life reinsurance portfolio in the region and reports to Peter Wilkins, head of specialty and life for QBE Re.

Steve Postlewhite, Managing Director, Global Reinsurance at QBE Europe, said:

“Having a dedicated office in Colombia is the next step in our strategy to expand our presence in this region where we see considerable opportunity. This reinforces our commitment to the region and allows us to be closer to our clients to help provide more localised and immediate support.  Christian brings extensive knowledge of the local markets and the Life reinsurance market to the new role.”

The office is the second in the region for QBE Re, having established a local presence in Argentina in 2016, led by Guido Wolman, Business development manager for QBE Re, with a portfolio focus in Property and Casualty reinsurance.

Steve continued: “With more than 25 years of commitment to our Latin America clients, we are really happy to open another office here. The Bogotá office will provide a new channel for our Life clients, following the establishment of our Property & Casualty office in Buenos Aires.”


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.