Category Archives: From the President

Expectations for the CAS for 2018: My Presidential Goals

I am honored to be the incoming President of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), and I look forward to starting my term on November 8th. The CAS is the premier educator of property casualty actuaries in the world. We have nearly 8,000 members in 42 countries, and another 4,000 active candidates taking our exams every … Read more »

2017 CAS Leadership Summit Recap

Our annual CAS Leadership Summit, held September 7-8 in Chicago, was a huge success thanks to the great group of volunteer leaders and staff who attended. The Summit is organized by the President-Elect to set the stage for the coming year as President, and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to host this year’s … Read more »

New CAS Institute to Offer Specialty Credentials

As I announced on November 16 at the CAS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, during the CAS Board of Directors meeting held on November 15, the Board unanimously approved the formation of The CAS Institute, which will provide credentialing and professional education for technical quantitative specialists whose work often overlaps and supports that of actuaries. The … Read more »

Collaboration with Competitors — What Do We Stand to Gain? What Might We Lose?

Whether we like it or not, the environment for the Casualty Actuarial Society and its members is changing.  One might paint different pictures of these environmental changes. One picture might be a major paradigm shift for the CAS that drives innovation and excellence. Another picture might be an evolution of our actuarial profession and the … Read more »

Why Should the CAS Exist?

At a CAS Board meeting last August, Board Member Jessica Leong posed a strategic question: “Why does the CAS exist?” Leong told the Board about author Simon Sinek’s TED Talk inspired by his book, “Start with Why.” Sinek observes how successful organizations communicate and sell themselves and believes that many organizations communicate in questions in … Read more »

Social Media Discussions: My Views

Since assuming a leadership position within the CAS, I have tried to stay current on conversations about actuarial issues taking place within social media channels. As I’ve followed the conversations over the past few weeks, I’ve made note of a few issues on which I would like to share my views through the CAS’s own … Read more »

Sustaining and Enhancing Value

Amid the challenges of the past year, there have been several opportunities to evaluate the CAS value proposition, that is, what we offer to our various constituents that encourages them to turn to the CAS and its members. The refreshing of the CAS Strategic Plan was the foremost opportunity to evaluate our value proposition because … Read more »

Meet the CAS President: A University Student’s Interview with Gary Josephson

I was recently interviewed by a university student for his school’s actuarial science department’s newsletter. As I responded to the pointed questions about the CAS, SOA, and the future of the actuarial profession, it occurred to me that the same questions were likely on the minds of a lot of actuarial science students. So I … Read more »

Toward a Better Understanding of the CAS Board Decision to Recognize CIA Exam Waivers for CAS Preliminary Exams

At its August 2012 meeting, the CAS Board of Directors approved the recommendation of the CAS Executive Council and the Education Policy Committee (EPC) that the CAS recognize the exam waivers granted by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) for certain CAS preliminary examinations. This action followed the announcement by the CIA of the ten … Read more »

Setting a Bold Course for the Future of the CAS

As a follow-up to my May 2012 Actuarial Review “From the President” column, I am using the CAS Roundtable to invite member input on the future of the CAS. Please read the original column (or this summary post) and provide your feedback below. As the only actuarial organization in the world exclusively devoted to property/casualty … Read more »