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Tony Boobier

Tony Boobier

Tony Boobier is a former worldwide insurance executive at IBM focusing on analytics and is now operating as an independent writer and consultant. He entered the insurance industry 30 years ago. After more than 20 years working for insurance carriers and intermediaries in customer-facing operational roles, he crossed over to the world of technology in 2006, recognizing it as one of the great enablers of change in an increasingly complex world.

Based in London, he is an award-winning insurance professional, holding fellowship qualifications in engineering, insurance and marketing, “with other stuff picked up along the way.” A frequent writer and international public speaker, he has had many articles published on a wide range of topics over the past two decades, ranging from claims management to analytical insight, including best-practice documents.

His insurance focus is both broad and deep, covering general insurance, life and pension, healthcare and reinsurance. He is particularly interested in the cross-fertilization of ideas across industries and geographies and in the “big data” agenda, which he believes will transform the insurance industry. “I lie awake at night thinking about the convergence between insurance and technology,” he says.

Recent Articles by Tony Boobier

Can We Come to Grips With the Zeitgeist?

It’s been an interesting few days/weeks in U.S. politics, especially when viewed from London. In the words of James Bond, some of us have been “shaken, not stirred.” Bond was, of course, referring to his dry martini. Perhaps it has been the occasional martini that has carried us through rough times in London. Recently, the […]

The Most Stressful Job in Insurance

So we all feel we have a tough deal. Creating a product, reducing claims ratios, improving profitability – and even being the captain of the ship when all around us the waters are turbulent, and storms are on the horizon. But I wanted to share with you what I think is one of the most […]

The End of Leadership as We Know It?

As we think about the changes that will inevitably happen within the insurance industry, we also have to recognize that these changes will be reflected in a transformation of the leadership function. Of course, we have to distinguish between leadership and organizational power. “Power” usually comes from the ability to influence and give direction to […]

Thoughts on Insurance After Brexit

On the day after the U.K. referendum voted to leave the European Union, a leading U.K. newspaper ran a cartoon with the caption, “Democracy is too important to be left to the people.” Of course, it was tongue in cheek, but the point was well made. Since the vote, markets globally have tumbled, shares in […]

What Happens if U.K. Exits the E.U.?

On June 23, 2016, the U.K. population will vote on whether to stay a part of the E.U.’s 28 countries or to leave. It’s a once-in-a-generation decision, and it is likely to dominate U.K. press for the next six months. But what impact would a British exit, or “Brexit.” have on the insurance industry? A report by […]

Are Conferences Still Worth the Effort?

I am beginning to wonder more about insurance conferences. Over the course of my career, I have attended and spoken at numerous external events, some good, some less so. I have presented in the English language and through simultaneous translation and had translators stand by my side and paraphrase what I have said. In reality, […]

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