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The Pillar of Change

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

—Albert Einstein

General Re Corporation (known as Gen Re) is a Stamford, Connecticut–based holding company for life and property-and-casualty reinsurance, as well as risk-management services. A subsidiary of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, Gen Re has about fifty offices around the world. Ronald E. Ferguson, in his mostly distinguished thirty-three-year career at Gen Re, served in a number of senior capacities, including president and chief operating officer (COO), before being named CEO in 1987. He served as CEO until late 2001 and retired as chairman in June 2002. At the time Ferguson became CEO, Gen Re was ...

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