FERMA highlights opportunity to elevate risk management profession to leadership position

Brussels, 27 June 2023

The global risk context in which companies operate today is creating the opportunity for the risk management profession to be elevated to a leadership position, Dirk Wegener, President of The Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA), told attendees at its General Assembly in Brussels today.

“It is our view that risk management must be seen as a value-adding function, one that extends beyond the management of operational risks and engages directly with the C-suite to support the broader strategic ambitions of our companies and organisations,” Mr. Wegener stated in his opening address.

Aligned with FERMA’s 2023 Theme of “Be Risk Leaders”, he highlighted how this has formed a central component of all activities conducted by FERMA over the last 12 months and will continue to do so.

Priorities for 2023 and Beyond 

On the cyber front, Mr. Wegener noted the recent publication of the ground-breaking, multi-stakeholder report – Cyber Insurance Dialogue: How Europe can lead the way to cyber resilience, which brought together experts from the risk, insurance and broking arenas to develop a series of measures to create a future-fit cyber insurance market and enable Europe to lead the world in cyber resilience.

He also noted FERMA’s continuing dialogue on proportionality and the complex penalty environment proposed under the EU Cyber Resilience Act, as well as on the need for the development of data-sharing standards in the financial sector at the EU level.

Turning to sustainability and ESG, Mr. Wegener reflected on the work of FERMA to equip its members with the tools to play a central role in managing ESG and associated risks. FERMA is advocating at the EU level for changes across multiple legislative developments aimed at facilitating the transition to net zero, including on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, and the Critical Raw Materials Act. Further, FERMA is seeking to collaborate with the insurance sector to increase engagement with corporate buyers on how to support their transition to net zero.

Mr. Wegener also highlighted FERMA’s considerable success in advocating for proportional treatment for captives under the amendments to the Solvency II Directive, which is under political discussions at the European Parliament, and commended the achievements of FERMA’s Captive Working Group and their continuing advocacy efforts.

In his closing comments, he said: “The world is changing, risk is changing. There are challenges ahead. But I believe that if we all continue to work together, we can truly elevate the risk manager to risk leader – and that will be good for us all.” 

FERMA’s European Risk Management Seminar 2023 – The Roadmap to Strategic Risk Management – will take place in Belgium on 16-17 October. The theme of the event is aligned with FERMA’s drive to move the risk management function higher up the strategic hierarchy.

Board Elections 

The General Assembly renewed the appointment of 6 serving FERMA Board Members who had come to the end of their mandates and election of 1 new Board member:

  • Philippe Cotelle, AMRAE
  • Simon Grima, MARM
  • Tapio Huovinen, FINNRIMA
  • Gaetan Lefèvre, BELRIM
  • Xavier Mutzig, AIRMIC
  • Laurent Nihoul, ALRIM
  • Mario Ramirez, AGERS

Mr. Wegener added: “I am delighted that FERMA’s members are represented by such an incredibly experienced and committed Board of Directors as we continue to champion the collective interests of the Europe-wide risk management community. We remain steadfast in our dedication to ensuring that the risk management community goes from strength to strength, and that the true value of the profession is recognised by all.”


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