Risk management community pays respect to one of the profession’s leading figures

Edwin V Meyer

The Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) announces with great sadness the death of Edwin V Meyer, FERMA secretary general and board member.

Meyer was general manager risk and insurance management for ArcelorMittal based in Luxembourg.

He joined the FERMA board in 2013 and also served as a board member of the German risk management association DVS. He was also a member of the Dutch risk management association NARIM and the Luxembourg risk management association ALRiM.

FERMA president Julia Graham said: “Edwin will be a great loss to FERMA and to our profession. He had already made a great contribution to FERMA as a member of the board and had recently taken over the important role as secretary general. He was also chair of the programme committee for the FERMA Forum 2015, as well as the leader of a number of other FERMA special projects. 

“When Edwin joined the FERMA board he gave three reasons for doing so: to bring to bear his accumulated work experience in the interests of FERMA; to represent the interests of the German associations DVS and bfv in support of FERMA; and to share in the board of FERMA the responsibility for achieving the associations goals and objectives. Edwin achieved all of these objectives and much more.

“Our thoughts are with Edwin’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time. We will all miss his professionalism, experience and wisdom, and his sense of humour and his smile.”

StrategicRISK editor Mike Jones said: “I had the pleasure of meeting Edwin many times and he always brought fantastic insight and understanding to whatever subject we discussed. He was also a tremendously nice man who was very generous with his time and I know he will be very much missed by all those who encountered him.”

Edwin V. Meyer

Throughout his career Edwin worked internationally with a focus on risk management and insurance servicing the needs of global clients. As general manager risk and insurance management for ArcelorMittal based in Luxembourg, he had global responsibility for setting ArcelorMittal’s insurable risk strategy, standards and procedures as well as worldwide implementation. He was a director of various captive insurance companies in various territories and handled ArcelorMittal’s captive.

An engineer by education, Edwin started his career with the Industrial Risk Insurers (IRI) in Milwaukee, US. He subsequently became IRI’s Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Thereafter he joined the insurance broker Sedgwick in the Netherlands, with responsibility for Sedgwick’s European risk management services strategy and later moved to Cologne, Germany, with responsibility for the Sedgwick global client segment. Returning to the insurer side of the business, he became country manager for St Paul International Insurance Company in the Netherlands. A move to the global insurance broker Marsh followed, where he was responsible for the firm’s global client risk management practice in the Netherlands, before joining ArcelorMittal in 2005.

Edwin was the Chairman of the Insurance Committee of the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl in Germany and a member of the board of the Insurance Committee of the German Industry Association (BDI). He was a member of M 200 and an INSEAD alumnus having attended the advanced management programme in 1992.