Do chief executives' traits affect the financial performance of risk-trading firms? Evidence from the UK insurance industry

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We examine the effects of four key dimensions of Chief Executive Officers’ (CEOs) traits on six financial performance metrics using panel data for 1999-2012 drawn from the United Kingdom's (UK) property-casualty insurance industry. We find that CEO insurance experience and CEO financial expertise enhance financial performance, while two other CEO traits - power and age are generally not significant. Our results thus reinforce the importance of CEO insurance industry expertise and CEO financial expertise in the management and trading of risks. Our results have potential commercial and policy implications.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-501
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Issue number3
Early online date28 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2017

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