Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
OF OF 2017
Company: AmTrust International and AmTrust at Lloyd’s
Job title: Chief financial officer
2017: CFO, AmTrust International
2016: CFO, AmTrust at Lloyd’s
2015: CFO, ANV Syndicates
2013: Finance director, ANV Syndicates
2013: Finance director, Jubilee Managing Agency
2012: Group controller, Ryan Specialty Group Europe
2008: Audit manager, senior manager, insurance audit
practice, EY London
2003: Audit staff: senior, financial services audit practice,
their roles. I’m delighted that the empowering culture at ANV
that we have also found at AmTrust allowed this.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
Aside from the sale of ANV, the biggest challenge has been
managing the finance department through significant changes
over the past five years. First, the acquisition of Jubilee by RSG
in December 2011; to acquiring Direct Group in 2012, which
led to a restructuring of the service company operations. Then
the restructuring and integration required in 2014 after the
acquisition of JMAL by ANV.
This process of change continues as we integrate the AmTrust to
Lloyd’s finance function and build out the finance team for the
AmTrust International Group. Managing this almost continual
change has been a challenging but fulfilling process. I am proud
that under the AmTrust umbrella, many of the original team
from 2012 and 2013 are still together and we have built a strong
unit with our new colleagues.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I loved languages and had a minor in Spanish, so my ambitions
were to do something in business with languages. However, I
never got that far as I took an internship from EY and my career
progressed from there. Now I’d probably study for a qualification
as a Pilates instructor and develop my own studio.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
During college, I took an insurance course that touched on the
business, that stimulated my interest and led to a desire to learn
and to become involved. I began my career at EY in Chicago
in the general audit practice. After a year working on the Aon
account, I shifted to financial services, with a focus in insurance.
I was excited by the challenges in the insurance industry, and
by having the opportunity to work with one of the largest
clients headquartered in Chicago, with a global footprint. This
has allowed me to expand my knowledge of the industry and
accounting expertise. My other big client in the Chicago office
was BP, but I’m pleased I made the decision to work in the
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
It has to be the sale of ANV to AmTrust. The process was
very involved and started with a review of strategic options
at the request of our then shareholder, the preparation of the
confidential information memorandum, preparing for and
closing out the due diligence and finally the signing of the
deal. I was central to the completion of the sale by preparing
the completion statement, and the winding down of various
incentive and financing programmes.
It was a very challenging but satisfying process. I continued in
my role as the ANV Syndicates’ CFO for the duration of the sale,
which allowed my direct reports to step up and be challenged in
“I am proud that under the AmTrust
umbrella, many of the original team
from 2012 and 2013 are still together.”
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