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                          DEPARTURE OF JAMES N. STANARD


PEMBROKE, BERMUDA, NOVEMBER 1, 2005 - RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: RNR)
announced today that the Board of Directors has appointed Neill A. Currie as
Chief Executive Officer and W. James MacGinnitie as Non-Executive Chairman.
These appointments are effective immediately. The Company also announced the
resignation of James N. Stanard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, in light
of the ongoing investigations resulting from the Company's restatement of its
financial results earlier this year. The Company continues to cooperate with
regulators on these investigations. Mr. Currie was also appointed to the Board
of Directors.

RenaissanceRe also said that Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
John M. Lummis has indicated that he intends to retire at the end of his
contract term on June 30, 2006. The Company said it has commenced a search for a
successor, encompassing both internal and external candidates. Mr. Lummis
indicated that he is committed to supporting the Company in the search process
and the transition. In addition, Marty Merritt, who served as Controller until
April 2005, has left the Company.

"The Board has been monitoring this situation very closely and has concluded
that at this point it is best for our Company, our people and our shareholders
to begin to put this matter behind us," said Mr. MacGinnitie. "Jim has worked
tirelessly to build this company into an industry leader, and has assembled a
first-rate team. We are fortunate to have in Neill an executive with the
industry experience, knowledge of RenaissanceRe and talent to lead this Company
into the future. Neil played a central role in founding this Company and
establishing its business platform, and the Board is confident in his ability to
lead RenaissanceRe to new levels of growth and success. We are also pleased to
have the continued benefit of John's expertise as we search for his successor."

"This is an important time in our industry - a time when the expertise and
industry-leading underwriting and services we offer are in increasing demand
among brokers and clients," said Mr. Currie. "RenaissanceRe has an extraordinary
breadth of people, expertise and proprietary systems to meet these needs,
together with a proven business model that has led the Company to
industry-leading results over the course of the past decade. Since I re-joined
RenaissanceRe four months ago, I have been extremely impressed with the depth of
talent and commitment throughout its ranks. I look forward to working closely
with these individuals to maintain our standards of excellence, leadership and

Mr. Currie, 52, re-joined the Company on July 5, 2005 as Executive Vice
President, responsible for marketing and client relations, and thereafter
assumed responsibility for the Company's Specialty Reinsurance business. Mr.
Currie was a co-founder of RenaissanceRe in 1993 and served as a Senior Vice
President through 1997. He has over 25 years of experience in the reinsurance
business, including service prior to joining RenaissanceRe as Chief Executive
Officer of G.J. Sullivan Co.-Atlanta, a private domestic reinsurance broker, and
as Senior Vice President at R/I and G.L. Hodson, predecessors to Willis Group
Holdings Ltd.

Mr. Currie most recently served as a director of Platinum Underwriters Holdings,
and has been an active supporter of numerous nonprofit initiatives in his home
state of North Carolina.

Mr. MacGinnitie, 67, has served as a member of the Company's Board of Directors
since February 2000 and is an independent actuary and consultant. Prior to that,
he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CNA Financial
from September 1997 to September 1999. From May 1994 until September 1997, Mr.
MacGinnitie was a partner of Ernst & Young and National Director of its
actuarial services. From 1975 until 1994 he was a principal in Tillinghast,
primarily responsible for its property-casualty actuarial consulting services.
Mr. MacGinnitie is a Fellow of both the Casualty Actuarial Society and the
Society of Actuaries, and has served as President of both organizations as well
as of the American Academy of Actuaries and the International Actuarial

Mr. MacGinnitie serves on the boards of Trustmark Insurance Company and NORCAL
Mutual Insurance Company.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. is a global provider of reinsurance and insurance.
Our business consists of two segments: (1) Reinsurance, which includes
catastrophe reinsurance, specialty reinsurance and certain joint ventures and
other investments managed by our subsidiary RenaissanceRe Ventures Ltd., and (2)
Individual Risk business, which includes primary insurance and quota share

Cautionary Statement under "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements made in this news release contain
information about the Company's future business prospects. These statements may
be considered "forward-looking." These statements are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. For further
information regarding cautionary statements and factors affecting future
results, please refer to RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.'s filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for
the year ended December 31, 2004.

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