Denis Kessler is an industry leader who joined the SCOR as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2002, when the company was on the brink of collapse. Over the past nineteen years he has turned the SCOR group around in an outstanding way, shaping it into a leading global company and the world's fourth largest reinsurer, with a rating of AA-. While the transformation and successful development of SCOR is probably his most visible achievement, Denis Kessler has been a key contributor to the (re)insurance industry for more than three decades, having authored important academic works on savings and insurance as a university professor and advocated for the sector in many industry associations, such as the Geneva Association, the Global Reinsurance Forum, the Reinsurance Advisory Board, the International Insurance Society and the Insurance Development Forum.
When collecting the award, he said "I gave my body to insurance and reinsurance throughout my lifetime, maybe my soul too, but it has been a fantastic journey." This award adds to the numerous distinctions received by Denis Kessler over the length of his career with SCOR.
Denis Kessler was named "Knight of the Order of Saint Charles" in 2019 by Albert II, Prince of Monaco. He is also Officer of the French Legion of Honour and Officer of the National Order of Merit.