Dr Roger Grenier has been named senior vice president of global resilience to lead CAT modelling firm AIR Worldwide's (AIR) resilience initiatives across the globe. These initiatives are aimed at developing solutions that aid society's efforts to better prepare for and recover from extreme events.
Dr Grenier began his career as an engineer, where he worked on a wide array of models for environmental, flood, and coastal engineering projects, including helping to develop a comprehensive water quality and circulation model for New York Harbour. He has 20 years of experience working directly with global risk models and was formerly director of catastrophe research and development at Liberty Mutual, where he was responsible for developing the Liberty view of catastrophe risk and developing techniques to evaluate non-modeled catastrophe risk worldwide.
He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Tufts University, a M.S. in civil engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.
“I’m extremely excited to join AIR to further develop the company’s public risk strategy,” he said. “I look forward to assisting governments and nongovernmental organizations to strengthen their emergency management programs and help them prepare for natural and man-made catastrophes before disasters strike.”
AIR’s global resilience practice serves these distinct roles:
• develop solutions that aid society’s efforts to better prepare for extreme events
• assist organisations in applying catastrophe modeling to disaster risk financing in an effort to close the global protection gap
• establish alliances with organisations to share data and advance the science of modeling and help society better manage the risks from natural hazards
• strengthen relationships with regulatory bodies and rating agencies globally
According to a report released by AIR in November, global economic losses from catastrophes average roughly USD 345 billion annually, of which less than 20% are insured. The difference, which represents the protection gap, was starkly illustrated by the hurricanes of 2017. Only a small percentage of home and business owners in Houston carried flood insurance, and Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico will be felt for months, if not years, to come.