Get to know OneAdvent

John O’Reilly

CEO, Advent DAC

Time at OneAdvent

2 years

Responsible for

Managing the business of Advent Insurance DAC, with oversight of all operational matters, financial and regulatory reporting.

What's the best thing about your job?

Working with very interesting and highly skilled professional people, with many years of experience in insurance and reinsurance around the world.

What makes OneAdvent different?

The mix of individuals who are all highly experienced in their area of work.

Summarise your career history...

After qualifing as a Chartered Accountant in 1984, I worked in Bermuda for two years on insurance audits. I spent four years in financial consultancy with Touch Ross before joining Cologne Reinsurance in 1991. 13 years later I became CEO at Primary Insurance Dublin, an insurer writing commercial and personal lines of business in the UK. In 2012 I joined Natixis Ireland to wind down their Irish operations, including a life reinsurer. I now act as a non-executive director for insurance and reinsurance entities, and joined Advent Insurance DAC as the part-time CEO in February 2019.

How do you spend your spare time?

I enjoy walking, cycling, gardening, sailing and golf. I'm involved with a charity that takes children with special needs on an annual holiday to Lourdes, France.

What is your most unusual hobby?

A weekly French conversation class, where it really is one step forward and two steps back!

Most people don't know...

I owned and operated an exhibition in Dublin for three years on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition 1914 to 1917.