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Company: Russell Reynolds Associates
Job title: Executive search & assessment consultant,
insurance & risk practices
2007: Executive search & assessment consultant, Russell
2005: Associate director, AIPAC
2003: Senior associate, Citadel Investment Group
1998: Various fixed income currencies & commodities
positions, Goldman Sachs
I have needed to learn and understand the technical and
cultural nuances of the industry and individual companies.
Learning the intricacies of all the different segments of the
insurance industry and functions has been challenging, but
also immensely rewarding.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I would have become a psychologist. Growing up, I was always
philanthropically involved in organisations that allowed me
to help others. I was drawn to opportunities that allowed
me to work very closely with people and understand what
motivates them. The insurance business has always been, and
will remain, a people business.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I was initially recruited to Russell Reynolds Associates, because
of my previous work experience at Goldman Sachs and
Citadel Investment Group, as a financial services generalist.
I quickly became attracted to the opportunity to join the
Insurance practice, and was most intrigued by the dynamism
of an industry going through transformative change.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight has been advising CEOs, senior executives, and
boards on how to identify, assess, recruit, develop and retain
transformative talent in an industry facing heavy disruption.
The opportunity to partner with a variety of global insurance
clients on issues of next-generation succession planning,
benchmarking, cross-functional hiring, talent development,
comparative trends, insight, and acting as a trusted advisor
has been fulfilling.
Clients call to talk through their strategic thoughts and
ideas, and not only when they have a hiring need. Another
highlight has been the opportunity to attract and recruit
diverse talent and professionals from outside the industry
to bring new, transformational best practice perspectives.
Also I have enjoyed building expertise in data & analytics,
digital transformation, customer experience and diversity &
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
For the past 10 years, working across many facets of insurance
(P&C, life & annuity, retirement, brokerage, private equity,
insurtech) recruiting for, and advising on, different roles and
functions, has required me to immerse myself in the industry.
“Another highlight has
been the opportunity to attract and
recruit diverse talent and professionals
from outside the industry.”
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