Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
OF OF 2017
Sherry T. Merber
Company: Arch Reinsurance Company
Job title: Claims director
2010: Claims director, Arch Reinsurance Company
2004: Sole practitioner
1990: Private Practice, New York
1989: Corporation counsel for the City of Chicago
1989: Graduated from George Washington University
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I would have become an educator had I not pursued a career
in law. I find teaching and mentoring to be rewarding and a
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I was searching to enhance my career path and thought that
insurance was the logical step to my legal insurance defense
litigation track. When I interviewed with Arch Re, I admitted
that I had no experience in reinsurance, but that I was eager
to learn and increase my knowledge of the industry.
I invested significant amounts of time and energy researching
the field, learning from my colleagues and attending industry
seminars and I have never looked back.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
A few years ago, Arch Re disputed a significant claim, and I
realised that I had earned the trust and confidence of senior
management and my colleagues. I was given authority to
communicate directly with the broker and cedant and
directed the message presented. We were successful and I am
very proud of the result.
Since that time, there have been a handful of large claims
that have been withdrawn and/or closed without pay due
directly to my efforts.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
The biggest challenge I have encountered has been my
move into a managerial role. Although I think that I am an
effective and well-liked manager, it can be a very difficult
job due to the vastly different personalities of the people in
I have had to consciously remove myself from the role of
“friend” to the role of a strong, but respected manager. I
strongly believe that promoting my staff when appropriate,
makes my staff and me both look better.
“We were successful and I am very
proud of the result.”
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