David Lay

Senior Director, Starr Companies

International security issues have figured large in Mr. Lay’s professional career, which began as a journalist and broadcaster with the BBC, covering the Northern Ireland ‘troubles’ in the 1970s. Turning to a specialization in the Middle East, he reported from Iran on the 1978-79 revolution and traveled extensively in the Arab world, interviewing Saddam Hussein, Muammar al-Qadhafi, King Hussein and Yasser Arafat. As host of a flagship current affairs program on the BBC World Service, 1979-1991, Mr. Lay spanned political and economic risk on a global basis. In the years 1988-2000, he served as chief editor of Oxford Analytica, a prominent UK-based international consultancy.

Mr. Lay’s primary role for the Starr Companies is to edit the Executive Intelligence Brief.  He also produces the quarterly Global Risk Matrix, which rates 200 countries for terrorism and other forms of political risk, with supporting commentaries for 140 nations. He performed a similar function for AIG before joining Starr in 2013.


Mr. Lay can be contacted at execintel@starrcompanies.com

A.M. Best Financial Strength Rating

Starr Indemnity & Liability Company holds an A.M. Best financial strength rating (FSR) of "A" (Excellent), Financial Size Category XIV, and an issuer credit rating (ICR) of "a".

Starr Syndicate Limited at Lloyd's of London holds an A.M. Best FSR of "A" (Excellent), Financial Size Category XV, and a Standard & Poor's rating of "A+" (Strong) (Lloyd's of London market ratings).

Effective Date: October 20, 2014

Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company holds an A.M. Best FSR of "A" (Excellent), Financial Size Category XV, and a ICR of "a".

Starr International Insurance (Asia) Ltd. holds an A.M. Best FSR of “A” (Excellent), Financial Size Category XV an ICR of “a”.

Starr Insurance & Reinsurance Limited holds an A.M. Best FSR rating of “A” (Excellent), Financial Size Category XV, and an ICR of “a”.