Michael Kerner was born in 1965 in Syosset, New York, USA.
He studied mathematics and economics at the State University of New York at Binghamton, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986.
Mr. Kerner began his career in 1986, working as an actuary in New York, initially at the Insurance Services Office and afterwards at Continental Insurance Company. In 1992, he switched to Zurich American Insurance Company, where he worked in various divisions and also for the entire Zurich Insurance Group – several years thereof in Zurich – including as Global Head of Group Reinsurance, Global General Insurance Chief Underwriting Officer and Head of Group Strategy. In 2009, Mr. Kerner continued his career as Chief Executive Officer for the North American Global Corporate Business, before assuming the position of Chief Executive Officer for the Global General Insurance Business of Zurich Insurance Group and as a Member of the Group Executive Committee in 2012.
In April 2016, Mr. Kerner moved to Everest Reinsurance Company in New Jersey, where he served as Executive Vice President for Risk Management and Strategy until December 2018. As Senior Vice President, he then headed the business unit Munich Re Specialty Insurance at Munich Reinsurance America in New York up to the end of 2022.
With effect from 1 January 2023, Mr. Kerner has been appointed a member of Munich Reinsurance Company’s Board of Management with responsibility for Global Speciality Insurance. In parallel, Mr. Kerner is President and Chief Executive Officer of Munich-American Holding Corporation (MAHC).