Amy KesslerSVP, Head of Longevity Risk Transfer at Prudential Retirement
Amy Kessler is senior vice president and head of Longevity Risk Transfer within PFI's Pension Risk Transfer business. In 2011, she led PFI's successful launch of its longevity reinsurance product and, together with her exceptional team, has closed $60 billion in international reinsurance transactions since, covering members of more than 200 pension funds in the United Kingdom, including British Airways and Rolls-Royce. Amy led the ground-breaking $27.7 billion captive longevity reinsurance transaction for British Telecom in 2014, which was named “Deal of the Year” by Risk magazine and earned PFI top honors as “Reinsurer of the Year.”
Amy’s leadership enabled PFI to repeat as “Reinsurer of the Year” for a total of four consecutive years (2014-2017) for multiple transactions it completed with insurers in the U.K. These include the swift execution of longevity reinsurance for the ICI Pension Fund’s $930 million buy-in completed just eight days after the Brexit vote; the captive reinsurance transaction with the MMC UK Pension Fund in 2017; and the innovative flow reinsurance structure PFI created with Pension Insurance Corporation. With nearly 30 years of experience, Amy is an innovator whose work helps pension funds proactively manage longevity risk and create retirement security for their members. She was chosen as one of the “2014 Women to Watch” by Business Insurance magazine, and she was named to Institutional Investor’s “Pension 40” list—a ranking of the 40 most influential people in pensions—in both 2014 and 2015.
Amy possesses both capital markets expertise and in-depth insight into the innovative pension risk transfer transactions occurring globally. She is currently leading the launch of PFI’s longevity reinsurance solutions for Canada, the Netherlands and Australia. Before joining PFI, Amy served as a principal at Bear Stearns and as Global Head of Pension ALM at Swiss Re in London.