The general assembly of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations has chosen six board members and confirmed Jo Willaert as President for an additional two-year term. The meeting took place in Brussels on Friday (30 June).

The board members elected and their national associations are:

  • Philippe Cotelle (AMRAE- France)
  • Helle Friberg (DARIM- Denmark)
  • Tapio Huovinen (FinnRima – Finland)
  • Gaëtan Lefèvre (BELRIM- Belgium)
  • Xavier Mutzig (Airmic – UK)
  • Laurent Nihoul (ALRiM – Luxembourg)

Jo Willaert said: “I am honoured to be asked by my colleagues to serve another term as president of FERMA. We have an unusual number of new board members this year. They bring remarkable experience and expertise to the board that will support FERMA as we develop our work on key issues such as cyber risks, captives and BEPS, environmental liability, Brexit and the future of the EU. They will contribute to risk leadership in Europe.”



Philippe Cotelle is Head of Insurance and Risk Management of Airbus Defence & Space. He has engineering and MBA degrees and was a senior space underwriter for the French reinsurer SCOR for four years before coming a risk manager. Philippe was a member of the joint FERMA working group with the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA) that has just published framework proposals on cyber risk governance.


Helle Fribergis Group Insurance Manager for Danish paint manufacturer, Hempel. She is responsible for the group’s global insurance programme and developed and introduced enterprise risk management within Hempel Group. She has been a member of the FERMA board for six years.



Tapio Huovinen is President of the Finnish risk management association FinnRima. He is Director of Risk Management for the forest products group, UPM-Kymme Corporation. Tapio started his career in insurance, but soon moved into risk management. He holds engineering and MBA degrees.



Gaëtan Lefèvre is immediate past president of the Belgian risk management association BELRIM. He is the Risk, Insurance and Professional Ethics Manager for CMI Group. He trained as a mining engineer before joining the insurance industry, and then became a risk manager.





Xavier Mutzig is Group Insurance Manager for Johnson Matthey, an FTSE 100 company, where he leads the insurable risk management function worldwide. He has a background in French and English law followed by almost 25 years in the corporate risk and insurance industry. Xavier is an Airmic board member and chairman of its marketing and membership committee.


Laurent Nihoul is General Manager Corporate Risk and Insurance for ArcelorMittal, based in Luxembourg.His department is responsible for arranging global corporate insurance programmes for the group’s entities worldwide. He holds a master’s degree in finance and insurance, and has worked in various aspects of (re)insurance, including captives. Laurent is a board member of ALRiM with responsibility for (re) insurance topics.

Philippe Cotelle, Helle Friberg, Tapio Huovinen, Gaëtan Lefèvre and Laurent Nihoul are FERMA rimap certified.

The full board of FERMA is now Jo Willaert (President), Dirk Wegener (Vice President), Philippe Cotelle, Anders Esbjörnsson, Helle Friberg, Charlotte Hedemark Nielsen, Tapio Huovinen, Gaëtan Lefèvre, Maria Isabel Martinez Torre-Enciso, Ralph Mulder, Xavier Mutzig and Laurent Nihoul.

Full list of FERMA Board members:

Link to FERMA General Assembly 2017 photo album: