William Fischer is the Chief Executive Officer of Harrington Re and has over 34 years of reinsurance industry experience.
Prior to joining Harrington Re, Mr. Fischer served as the Chief Underwriting Officer for the global Reinsurance operations of AXIS Capital and had worked at AXIS Capital since the company’s inception in 2001, helping to found the company. Mr. Fischer played an integral role in building AXIS Capital’s global reinsurance business to over $20 billion in cumulative gross written premium across 14 lines of business with experience leading and managing all aspects of the business including underwriting, risk and capital management. Mr. Fischer moved to Bermuda in 2001 to build the reinsurance business and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Reinsurance. Mr. Fischer returned to the United States from Bermuda in June 2011 to assume the role of Chief Underwriting Officer for AXIS Reinsurance globally. Prior to joining AXIS, Mr. Fischer was Executive Vice President at Everest Re Group and had responsibilities for a variety of reinsurance product lines including property, accident and health and financial products. Mr. Fischer previously worked at Transatlantic Reinsurance in both the London and New York offices and began his reinsurance career at Skandia America Group in 1987. Prior to reinsurance Mr. Fischer was a design engineer with Honeywell. Mr. Fischer has both a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University as well as graduating from the prestigious Challenge of Leadership program at Insead. Mr. Fischer is also a founding partner in Alpasión Wines helping to build a thriving wine business in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina with his partners.