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Using Risk Management Techniques for Ratings Optimization


Strong ratings are an integral component of corporate success for many enterprises. While there are certain aspects of the rating analysis that are commonly known (strategy, financial), there are many other elements of the rating process with material risk to the rated entity that insightful risk management techniques can address and support higher ratings.


  • Michael A. Cohen

    Michael A. Cohen is Principal of Cohen Strategic Consulting. He utilizes his broad business expertise gained during 30 years of successful senior executive industry experience to assist companies to improve their performance in the areas of strategy development and execution, enterprise risk management, mergers and acquisitions, business development and competitive tactics. He advises insurance companies on optimizing their prospects with the rating agencies, leveraging his executive/leadership role at A. M. Best Company. He also provides expert testimony on insurance industry rating matters that win legal proceedings. Mr. Cohen is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on strategic, risk management and ratings issues.

    For many years, Mr. Cohen was Vice President at A. M. Best Company, where he headed the rating division that analyzed the entire U. S. life insurance industry, evaluating the financial strength, operating performance and business profiles of those companies. As one of the senior officers in the ratings division at A. M. Best, he sat on committees that determined claims paying and debt ratings for all insurance organizations worldwide. In addition to these duties, he authored A. M. Best industry publications and research reports, contributed to its information products and developed industry statistical studies. While at A. M. Best, Mr. Cohen introduced enterprise risk management into the insurance credit analysis process.

    Mr. Cohen was a founding member on the faculty of Columbia University’s Enterprise Risk Management program. He developed and has taught three courses: 'Company Failures', 'Strategic Risk 'Management' and 'External Stakeholder Requirements.'

January 31, 2019
Thu 1:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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