SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 28, 2020 (February 27, 2020)
Watford Holdings Ltd.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
(Commission File No.)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)
Waterloo House, 1st Floor
100 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08, Bermuda
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Appointment of Certain Officers
On February 27, 2020, Watford Holdings Ltd. (the "Company") announced a CEO succession plan involving John F. Rathgeber, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, and Jonathan D. Levy, the Company's President. On March 31, 2020:
Mr. Rathgeber will retire as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rathgeber will continue to be a director of the Company and will become a senior advisor to the Company.
Mr. Levy will succeed Mr. Rathgeber as Chief Executive Officer, and will become the Company's principal executive officer.
Mr. Rathgeber's and Mr. Levy's biographical information is set forth in the Company's definitive proxy statement filed on November 6, 2019 (the "2019 Proxy Statement"). That information is incorporated by reference into this Current Report.
Relationships or related transactions between Mr. Rathgeber and the Company that are required to be reported pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K are incorporated herein by reference to the information on that topic set forth in the 2019 Proxy Statement. There are no arrangements or understandings between either Mr. Rathgeber or Mr. Levy, respectively, and any other person pursuant to which he assumed his respective positions as set forth above. There are no family relationships between either Mr. Rathgeber or Mr. Levy, respectively, and any of the Company's other directors or executive officers.
Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure
On February 27, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing its CEO succession plan. The press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
The information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report, including the information set forth in Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d): The following exhibit is being filed herewith.
99.1 Press release dated February 27, 2020
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: February 28, 2020
WATFORD HOLDINGS LTD.
/s/ Robert L. Hawley
Robert L. Hawley, Chief Financial Officer
Watford Holdings Announces CEO Succession Plan
February 27, 2020
HAMILTON, BERMUDA - (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Watford Holdings Limited ("Watford" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: WTRE) today announced that John F. Rathgeber will retire as Chief Executive Officer on March 31, 2020. Mr. Rathgeber will remain a member of Watford’s board of directors and serve as a senior advisor to the Company.
Walter L. Harris, Chairman of the Board of Watford said, “On behalf of the board, I want to extend a sincere thank you to John for his accomplishments as CEO. He has guided the Company from its formation, navigated through challenging markets and ultimately spearheaded Watford’s entry into the public markets. I’m pleased we will continue to benefit from his insights and perspectives through his roles on the board and as an advisor to the Company.”
Rathgeber will be succeeded by Jonathan D. Levy, who currently serves as Watford’s President.
“I am extremely pleased to turn over the reins to Jon, an immensely talented individual,” commented Mr. Rathgeber. “I’m proud of what Watford has accomplished to-date and feel privileged to have helped establish a company with such a unique and powerful business model. I look forward to making further contributions to Watford’s success as an engaged board member.”
Mr. Levy stated, “I’m excited about the future of Watford and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Company. I’d like to thank John for his sage leadership over the past six years. It will be my mandate to build upon the foundation that John has helped create. I look forward to working with our board, strong management team and business partners, Arch and HPS, to ensure Watford delivers long term value to its clients, employees and shareholders.”
Mr. Levy joined Watford at its inception as its Chief Risk Officer. Previously, he served as Chief Pricing Actuary of Insurance for Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. Prior to that he was a Senior Consultant at Tillinghast Towers Perrin, after starting his career at ACE INA. Mr. Levy holds an A.B. in Mathematics and Economics from Lafayette College, is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
About Watford Holdings Ltd.
Watford Holdings Ltd. is a global property and casualty insurance and reinsurance company with approximately $1.1 billion in capital as of December 31, 2019, with operations in Bermuda, the United States, and Europe. Its operating subsidiaries have been assigned financial strength ratings of “A-” (Excellent) from A.M. Best and “A” from Kroll Bond Rating Agency “KBRA.”
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “PSLRA”) provides a “safe harbor” for forward-looking statements. This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, for purposes of the PSLRA or otherwise, generally can be identified by the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates” or similar expressions that indicate future events. Such statements are based on current assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including: uncertainties with respect to market conditions; and other risks set forth in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-230080), as amended, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Watford disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or circumstances or other factors.
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