Patrizia Kern

Patrizia Kern

Marine Head
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Patrizia Kern is an innovative leader in the use of technology and risk intelligence to drive the global marine insurance industry towards sustainability. 

Her career spans +20 years, during which she has managed marine insurance teams across Europe. Since 2012, she has been leading Swiss Re's global marine business for Corporate Solutions, with responsibility for the unit's cargo and hull business. During this time, she helped grow Corporate Solutions' marine business, managing a large global matrix organisation and business with a footprint across North America, Latin America, EMEA & APAC. 

Never shy to make changes that will drive profitability, she has pioneered everything from new models for cargo insurance based on behavioural analytics to developing a Marine 4.0 blueprint for the industry to leverage the industry's digitisation to drive sustainability. Patrizia works across industries, governments and academia to bring new skills and perspectives to develop innovative solutions that enable the sector to transform. She has forged partnerships with global logistics companies, automotive companies, retailers, start-ups, and brokers to enable the end-to-end transformation of the sector. 

Developing new talent is something Patrizia feels strongly about. "True diversity is what will drive the real changes required in the marine insurance industry. We need to help train and hire talent from all socio-economic backgrounds and give everyone equal opportunities to help us build a sustainable new marine industry." 

She chairs the Poseidon Principles for Insurance (PPMI), the "Big-Data and Digitalization Forum" and the "Nominating Committee" of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI). 

Patrizia is Advisory Board member of the Lloyd's Register and of the Global Maritime Forum (GMF), working on the "Getting to Zero Coalition".