Media Release 1 February 2021


Robert Kuchinski, Head of Commercial Insurance at Zurich UK, has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Underwriting Association. He replaces Patrick Tiernan who recently announced he would be leaving his role as Managing Director UK Commercial Lines & Global Corporate & Specialty at Aviva to become Chief of Markets at Lloyd’s of London.

Mr Kuchinski has been a member of the IUA Board since June 2019 and was previously one of two IUA Deputy Chairmen with Phil Hobbs, Managing Director at Liberty Specialty Markets. Mr Hobbs will continue in that role as the single IUA Deputy Chairman.

IUA Chief Executive Dave Matcham, said: “It is far from unprecedented to see IUA Board members move on to very senior and responsible positions elsewhere within our industry and I would like to wish Patrick Tiernan well as he prepares for his new job at Lloyd’s. 

“Rob Kuchinski is already an influential and respected member of the IUA Board and ideally placed to take on the role of Chairman. He will be an effective leader for the London company market and I look forward to working with him.”

Mr Kuchinski said: “I am delighted to be leading the IUA at an exciting time for our sector and look forward to overseeing the delivery of many new services outlined in the association’s recently published 2021 business plan.

“The IUA is an important industry advocate and membership continues to grow. The 65 companies it represents reflect an unrivalled concentration of insurance capital and expertise in London.”


Scott Farley
Director of Communications
International Underwriting Association
Tel: 0207 617 4449
Mobile: 07876 758 637

Notes to Editors:
About the IUA
The International Underwriting Association of London (IUA) represents international and wholesale insurance and reinsurance companies operating in or through London. It exists to promote and enhance the business environment for its members.
The IUA’s London Company Market Statistics Report shows that overall premium income for the company market in 2019 was £27.633bn. Gross premium written in London totalled £21.436bn while a further £6.197bn was identified as written in other locations but overseen by London operations.