Mr. Sandeep Ramachandran was appointed as Senior Vice Presidents and co‐head of the Weather & Commodity Markets initiative at AXIS Re. In his role, Mr. Ramachandran is responsible for establishing and managing AXIS Re’s global weather and energy business. Mr. Ramachandran joined AXIS Capital from Morgan Stanley, where he established the weather and outage risk management team within the company’s Commodities business unit. Mr. Ramachandran has 15 years of experience in the weather and energy risk management industry. Preceding his time at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Ramachandran was one of the individuals responsible for establishing the weather and outage business in the capital markets unit at Swiss Re and held the position of Director and Head of Weather and Electricity Outage Protection Products. Mr. Ramachandran was elected to the Board of Directors of the Weather Risk Management Association in 2007, and served as its Treasurer through August 2011. He holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a Masters degree in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University.