Igniting change
Faces of Insurance

Igniting change

Por: Jorge Luzzi

Em conversa com Jorge Luzzi, Pierre Sonigo conta-nos como a sua vida foi marcada pelo fogo e exposição ao risco desde tenra idade. Recordou ainda os seus tempos de juventude na Argélia colonial em plena revolução, do tempo em Paris com a brigada de bombeiros - a salvar vidas e bens, e da sua determinação de combater o sistema estabelecido e trazer mudanças muito necessárias à comunidade de gestão de risco e seguros em França.


Jorge Luzzi partilha um olhar sobre a vida fascinante de Pierre Sonigo, uma lenda da gestão de risco.

A carreira de cerca de 50 anos de Pierre Sonigo no mundo do risco e seguros começou em finais da década de 1960, com a Factory Mutual Insurance Company. Uma década mais tarde, entrou na Pechiney para se tornar o seu primeiro gestor de risco. Tornou-se depois Diretor de Gestão de Risco & Seguro do Grupo Saint-Gobain antes de regressar à Pechiney no final da década de 1990 na qualidade de Vice-presidente do Ambiente, Saúde, Segurança e Gestão de Risco.
Desempenhou um papel fulcral no desenvolvimento das associações de gestão de risco em França e na Europa, incluindo a GACI e a AMRAE. Foi Secretário-geral da FERMA durante 10 anos.


Franck Baron

Chairman PARIMA
Group Deputy Director, Risk Management & Insurance International SOS

Jose Manuel Fonseca

MDS Group

Javier Mirabal

Executive Director

Ron Davis

Executive Vice President, Head of Customer Management

Debbie Rodgers

Rodgers Risk Consulting
Risk Management Executive

Paolo Ribotta

Generali Employee Benefits & Generali Global Health

Jorge Luzzi

RCG - Risk Consulting Group

Florence Bindelle

Secretary General

Marie Dequae

Former President

I first met Pierre when I joined the Institute of Risk Management in Bordeaux as a student. As a leading risk management professional, he played a critical role in the creation of this school, the first of its kind in France. We immediately connected and since then Pierre has been a sincere and reliable mentor to me. His passion for our profession and his sound advice has helped me and many others to embrace this career. I have always respected his vision for the risk management profession particularly in France which has developed thanks to him. His ability to embrace change, new ideas and support the younger generations together with the attention he gives to the human aspects and soft skills increasingly important to our profession, has been instrumental to me in making real difference and addressing the need for better risk management within the organisations I have worked. In the regularly contact I have with students and young professionals; I do my best to be available to provide guidance and coaching, the way I have been trained by Pierre. This is my way to thank him and sustain the “chain of knowledge” he has nurtured. Pierre has been and will remain one of the most influential personalities in the risk professional community.
I always remember Pierre as someone who demonstrates a profound wisdom, at both the professional and personal level. He has a bright smile and his willingness to listen reveals his keenness to learn and understand. He is also a man who combines deep intelligence with a real serenity and great sense of humour. It is always a pleasure to talk and spend time with Pierre; a man who knows the ins and outs of his chosen profession.
I have had the extraordinary opportunity to work and share time for many years with Pierre Sonigo who is one of the most brilliant risk management professionals that I have known. During his career, Pierre has had the rare characteristic of being willing to share his knowledge with different regional and international initiatives whose main objectives have been to develop the risk management as a profession. I am very proud to know such a world-class human being as Pierre.
Twenty-five years ago, when I relocated from Canada to France, I had the great privilege of meeting Pierre. From our first meeting, and through many subsequent negotiations, strategy sessions, industry events, and social gatherings, I can attest to what a special person he is. His insurance and risk management passion and expertise combined with his ability to get the best out of people has delivered substantial value for his employers and other stakeholders. Pierre loves people and they love him back. I've sought his advice many times over the years and I've always appreciated his guidance. In my early years working in France, his advice to “mettre de l'eau dans mon vin”, was right on the mark and helped me adapt to the business culture. His intelligence, sense of humour, strategic thinking, and charisma have made him a sought-after and effective leader, business partner, and friend.
I have looked up to and admired Pierre Sonigo since I first met him in the late 1980s. At that time, he was the Global Risk Manager of Saint-Gobain and I was working in the Risk Management Department of CertainTeed, a US subsidiary of Saint-Gobain. I was new to risk management. When the CertainTeed risk manager left to take another position, Pierre took me under his wing and effectively showed me how to be a risk manager. He became my mentor. From him, I learned how to build business relationships, negotiate insurance contract terms and claims, influence our business partners to improve our risk profile through the implementation of effective risk control and be confident enough to engage senior leadership of the company to support risk management initiatives. I credit so much of my own success to this early mentoring and guidance by Pierre. Through it all he became a lifelong friend.
When I first heard about Pierre Sonigo, he was referred to as a visionary and a very demanding - and tough - risk manager. Pierre was somehow disrupting the French and the European landscape by affirming the relevance of loss prevention as a key function. He was obsessed with continuous training and development, with the art of selling the “savoir faire”, both internally and to Insurance companies and the broad external stakeholder community. I have directly experienced his professionalism, genuine willingness to help the profession to move on and grow its relevance and, more importantly, the trust of one of the best known and respected professionals in the industry. Pierre is a man of beliefs for whom personal respect is more important than anything else. He is a man who is curious, inspirational, interested in others and…. a bit stubborn especially if you choose to talk about his preferred topics such as environmental issues. Ever since, whenever we meet, we have a great time. Thank you, Pierre, for your friendship and trust!
I first met Pierre some decades ago. We were introduced by François Settembrino, a founding father of risk management in Europe and a man both Pierre and I respected a lot. We quickly realised we had many things that united us including a passion for risk management, the wider adoption of professional techniques and the profession’s development. During my FERMA presidency, Pierre and Florence Bindelle were the soul of the profession and we not only worked together but, established a great friendship that continues until today. Pierre and I also share a multicultural heritage. The love for the countries of our birth is equaled by the affection we have for the lands where we grew up and developed our lives and careers. We see the world as a single community and so it’s possible to love many lands just as you love your mother and father with the same intensity and without contradictions! Pierre has had an important impact on the risk management profession and on behalf of the many risk managers who have worked and learned a lot from him and the many associations that he has integrated, I can only say thank you very much Pierre for everything you've done. We owe a great debt of gratitude for your committed, passionate leadership.
When Pierre Sonigo was Secretary General of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA), he brought his experience, knowledge and passion to support the growth and the development of the risk management profession in all sectors of the industry. He also strengthened the positioning of FERMA at the EU level and ensured the sustainability of the operations in Brussels. His sense of diplomacy was invaluable when transitioning ideas and plans into actions both at board and member level. It was a privilege to work with him during his time.
As President of Belrim, the Belgian risk management association, I met Pierre in the early 1990s. He was already passionate about and committed to risk management and so we were able to exchange views on different risk management topics. I always appreciated the intellectual discussions as well as the more social talks we had more often out of work. When I became president of FERMA I was really very pleased to have Pierre as Secretary General at my side. Together we built the evolution of the European federation into a more global organisation with a lot of contacts internationally. Pierre was really an important contributor to his goal, being very committed to risk management and a very good communicator. He was very active at a European level with focus on the European environmental directive and Solvency II and contributed a lot to important FERMA position papers. Together we participated in a lot of conferences where Pierre always focused on meeting and talking with people and colleagues. We always looked for new evolutions in risk management to discuss and evaluate, but next to the serious part of the conference we always appreciated the pleasant evenings and social meetings which added to the value of the discussions we had.


Jorge Luzzi

Jorge Luzzi

CEO (RCG) & Executive Director (HighDome pcc) - Risk Consulting Group (RCG) & HighDome pcc

CEO da RCG e Executive Director da HighDome, começou a sua carreira no mercado de seguros com a Marsh, e na gestão de risco com a Ciba Geigy. Em 1988, entrou na Pirelli e, em 2005, tornou -se Diretor de Gestão de Risco Global do grupo, detendo esse cargo até 2013. O percurso de Jorge Luzzi mostra um contributo sustentado para o desenvolvimento de novas competências na gestão de risco, uma vez que esse desenvolvimento é fundamental para que a profissão cresça no plano global. A sua participação em associações do setor começou no Brasil, onde liderou as Associações Brasileira e Sul-Americana de Gestão de Risco. Também já presidiu à IFRIMA — Federação Internacional de Associações de Gestão de Risco e Seguro; e, de outubro de 2011 a outubro de 2013, à FERMA — Federação de Associações de Gestão de Risco Europeias. Jorge Luzzi tem um diploma em Administração da Universidade de Belgrano, um BA da ECEA, uma pós-graduação de Saint Gallen e é membro da Academia Nacional de Seguros e Previdência. Completou cursos de especialização na Mapfre e na Universidade Politécnica de Milão. É presidente da Apogeris, a Associação Portuguesa de Gestão de Riscos e Seguros.