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The setting may have been Lisbon, Portugal -- also host of Expo 98, whose theme is the sea -- but this year's International Union of Marine Insurance conference did not draw the same number of attendees as last year's event in Paris.
Some 530 delegates from 45 national member associations attended this year's event from Sept. 12-17, compared with 650 from 48 associations who were present in Paris.
Georg Mehl, chief executive of Wurttembergische A.G. Versicherungs-Beteiligungsgesellschaft of Stuttgart, Germany, was re-elected IUMI chairman for another year. Richard DeSimone, senior vp-marine of Atlantic Mutual Cos. of Madison, N.J., and chairman of the American Institute of Marine Underwriters, was re-elected vice-chairman. Nigel Jenkins, managing director of London-based Maritime Insurance, also was elected a vice chairman of IUMI.
Deirdre Littlefield, senior vp and special lines director of New York-based Swiss Reinsurance America Corp., was elected chairman of the Cargo Loss Prevention Committee.
Next year's conference, which marks IUMI's 125th anniversary, will be held in Berlin, Germany, from Sept. 12-16, 1999. Berlin last hosted the annual event on IUMI's 100th anniversary in 1974.
Provisional programs and registration forms for the 1999 conference will be distributed by national marine insurance associations early next year.
For more information about next year's meeting, contact the German Insurance Assn.: Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V, Friedrichstrasse 191, D-10117 Berlin, Germany; 49-302-020-5365; fax: 49-302-020-6618; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.