A new life reinsurance conference for senior level executives will be held on March 4-7, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nev.

The inaugural meeting is being sponsored by the American Council of Life Insurers, Washington, The Society of Actuaries, Schaumburg, Ill., and the SOA’s reinsurance section.

The meeting will start with a CEO panel. Opening remarks will be offered by Frank Keating, ACLI president, and participants who will include discussions of different reinsurance issues.

David Holland of Munich Re is scheduled to discuss ‘a surplus of principles and reserves’; Paul Rutledge of Transamerica Re, risk management; Weldon Wilson of Swiss Re, capital markets convergence; and Greg Woodring of RGA, ‘diversification opportunities for life reinsurers.

A direct writers CEO panel is scheduled to include Gary Eisenbarth of Mutual Trust speaking on the ‘challenges for small to mid-sized carriers in today’s market’; Dennis Glass of Lincoln/Jefferson Pilot discussing ‘the challenges of growth by acquisition’; Johnny Johns of Protective Life, discussing securitizations; Fred Siefert of New York Life addressing international expansion; and Ed Zore of Northwestern Mutual of ‘growth via the domestic market.’

Breakout sessions will include topics that range from principle-based reserving and its potential impact on direct writers and reinsurers; the convergence of capital markets and reinsurance; the challenges of asset-intensive reinsurance; financial reporting using global standards and a discussion on whether long term care is alive and well.

A point/counterpoint on speculative uses of life insurance is scheduled to feature Jessica Bibliowicz, chairman, president and CEO of National Financial Partners, New York, and Brad Smith, president of ReMark North America.

The new meeting will also include a charity golf tournament, according to Richard Jennings, senior market research consultant with Manulife Reinsurance, Toronto.