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tend to be in maintaining vision and motivation in the face
of an uncertain future. As a young woman in this industry,
I had to learn how to maintain faith and belief in my ideas
and abilities despite their often being different from the
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I would be doing deep research into the field of economics and
be either teaching at a university or working at an institution
like the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund.
I loved my time in Washington, DC and think it would
be rewarding to build and disseminate new ideas that are
complex, yet innovative and productive.
“The insurance industry is packed with
talent and it has been a pleasure to grow
professionally alongside peers.”
Company: AM Best Rating Services
Job title: Senior managing director, industry relations
2013: Managing director, AM Best América Latina, México
2012: Vice president, research, ratings criteria and relations,
at AM Best, Oldwick, NJ
2011: Assistance vice president, economic and industry
research at AM Best, Oldwick, NJ
2000: Head, country risk analysis, AM Best, Oldwick, NJ
1999: US economic analyst, Toyota Motor Corporation,
New York, NY
1997: Analyst, International Technology and Trade
Associates, Washington, DC
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
My interest and background is in economics and international
affairs, and AM Best, who is a major player in the American
insurance industry, was increasing its presence globally,
particularly in emerging markets and was seeking expertise
in country risk. It was a natural fit. In my role, I studied the
industry with the objective to develop and launch a country
risk model that suited insurers and the financial services
sector. It was a unique opportunity to make a difference in
an established company.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The development of AM Best’s country risk model and the
launch of our Latin America subsidiary in Mexico City. I
started with seemingly impossible tasks ahead of me and
success was achieved through collaboration, creativity and
humour. Although these are rewarding accomplishments
in themselves, I also greatly value the resulting education I
received and the relationships I developed with a broad array
of people around the world and around the industry. The
insurance industry is packed with talent and it has been a
pleasure to grow professionally alongside peers.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
Since so much of my experience has been that of building
new teams, relationships and initiatives, the biggest challenges
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