Insurtech Startup Breeze appoints Patrizia Kern as Chief Insurance Officer to accelerate the industry’s digital transformation

Patrizia Kern, Chief Insurance Officer, Breeze

Kern brings over 30 years experience in cargo insurance management to Breeze as its online, data-driven, digital cargo insurance platform gains momentum

Digital insurance innovator Breeze, which has developed an online platform specifically for forwarders and logistics companies, has appointed industry veteran Patrizia Kern as its Chief Insurance Officer, in line with its ongoing growth strategy.

Kern has over 30 years experience in senior roles across the marine insurance industry, most recently at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ global marine division, where she headed up the unit’s cargo and hull business.

“Breeze is at the forefront of the digital revolution in marine and cargo insurance,” said Kern.

“Combining new technology, data and machine learning will completely transform the marine and cargo insurance industry, to provide a level of transparency and efficiency in freight management that will ultimately make shipping more sustainable, more profitable, and safer.” “Breeze has built in a very short time what the industry has been talking about for years now, and I am looking forward to using my knowledge of the market to accelerate the industry’s transformation through impactful end-to-end, digital, and data-driven insurance offerings.”

Breeze is a fully automated, digital insurance solution, specifically tailored for freight forwarders and logistics companies.

It is free-to-use and provides instant shipper-interest, all-risk, cargo cover in a way that is fully embedded in existing operational workflows.

“Current estimates are that around 70% of global trade is either un-or-under insured,” said Matthew Phillips, Chief Commercial Officer at Breeze, which has just opened its first US office after a successful UK scale-up. “With the growing number of risks affecting supply chains, it is more important than ever that cargo is properly covered. “In many cases, shippers are not even aware that they are not insured by their forwarder or logistics provider, and with Breeze forwarders can seamlessly offer shippers the coverage they need. “Patrizia’s experience and energy will be a huge asset to our growing team, and we are excited that she is joining us.”

Kern has extensive experience in using technology and risk intelligence to drive the global maritime insurance industry towards sustainability.

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She is the Chair of the Poseidon Principles for Marine Insurance (PPMI), an initiative launched in 2021 to accelerate the shipping industry’s decarbonisation, and chairs the Big-Data and Digitalization Forum and Nominating Committee of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI).

Kern is an Advisory Board Member for the Global Maritime Forum (GMF), Lloyd’s Register, and the ICC Digital Standard Initiative.

She is still collaborating with Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ Chief Executive Office as a consultant for marine sustainability.

Most recently, Kern has become a mentor for Women in Aviation and Logistics (WAL), a not-for-profit which supports the career aspirations of women professionals and aims to reduce the gender gap in aviation and logistics.

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Devender was born in the year when the Beatles Group was formed. He holds two master’s degrees in English Literature and Public Administration. He also has an Honors degree in English Literature and a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Communications and Public Relations. He was closely associated with the Indian State Transport Undertakings and Ministry of Transport in his role as Corporate Communications and PR specialist for over two decades handling domestic and international organizations. He ventured into business forming his own Media House, Profiles Media Network Private Limited which is now a twenty years old company. Excelling as an editor, Marketing, PR, Anchor, and Advertising specialist, he is now expertly navigating the world of social media. A widely traveled professional internationally, Devender has a deep understanding of the Air Cargo, Cargo Business, Cargo Airports, Freighters and Cargo Industry at large.