To help companies across Benelux understand and manage their environmental risks, XL Group has appointed Simone te Kamp to underwrite environmental insurance in the region.
Around 17,000 cases of environmental legislation exist across the world. Thirty years ago there were a couple of hundred cases, with the majority in the U.S.
Today, companies worldwide need to be aware of how their operations comply with obligations imposed on them under applicable legislation and what insurance cover is available. In the EU, the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) is in place and all EU countries have transposed the ELD into their national law.
Simon White, Head of Underwriting – Environmental Liability, at XL Group comments: “Fines and costs covering environmental pollution can lead to financial ruin for a company. Yet still the majority of industry remains uninsured against this loss and a huge proportion of those wrongly believe their general liability/public liability policies cover them against environmental risks, which they do not.
“We have appointed Simone as an Environmental Underwriter, to provide clients across the Benelux region with real insight and solutions to help them manage their environmental risks.Her academic knowledge combined with her diverse experience of working across sectors means she is ideally placed to do this.”
Erik Hartkoren, Regional Manager Benelux, XL Group added: “Having Simone on board expands our local market product range and allows us to further develop our environmental offering for Benelux as either a standalone product or in combination with other insurance coverages.”
Ms. te Kamp joins XL Group from Tauw B.V. where she was a Project Manager responsible for the preparation, guidance and implementation of projects. These included the product management of, and strategic consulting on, environmental permits for mid-sized companies as well as multinationals. Holding a degree in Environmental Policy and Management, she has spent the last 15 years working on projects in the fields of health, safety, and environment for both commercial and governmental organizations.
Ms. te Kamp will be starting at XL Group on July 1, 2013. She will be based in x,x and will report to Sofia Lindroth, Regional Underwriting Manager, Environmental Liability, Nordic and Benelux.
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