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Job title: Partner
2008: Partner, TigerRisk
2000: Executive vice president, E.W. Blanch
1990: Reinsurance broker, E.W. Blanch
1987: Joined management training program, E.W. Blanch
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
E. W. Blanch was an established business. Benfield Blanch
was a merger of established businesses. TigerRisk, on the
other hand, was a completely new entity, albeit staffed
by all-stars. The growing pains of turning a startup into a
robust business has been our greatest challenge. It’s one thing
to make a few sales, it’s a whole other thing to create the
structure and controls that are needed for an industry leading
intermediary. Evolving from a startup to an established leader
has not been easy, but it has been very rewarding.
If you had chosen a different career, what would it
A college professor of finance or perhaps a life-time student. I
love learning and it is empowering and rewarding to learn as
a team. I also find it particularly gratifying when I have the
opportunity to mentor women.
Has the profile of women in re/insurance been raised in
While women are better represented in leadership roles at
insurers, they are still under represented in the C-suites and on
boards. I am very encouraged by Brian Duperreault becoming
the new CEO at AIG as I have always respected his ability to
identify, cultivate and promote talented women. I expect this
will continue and my guess is it will result in some broken glass.
Linda Johnson joined E.W. Blanch & Co after college, and
remained there when E.W. Blanch was acquired by Benfield.
She left Benfield, just before its acquisition by Aon, for a once-in-
a-lifetime opportunity to become a founding partner and a
member of a great team at the formation of TigerRisk Partners.
Why did you choose to work in the industry?
I became interested in finance while attending St. Olaf
College. While there I had heard many positive things about
the training program at E.W. Blanch in nearby Minneapolis,
so I applied and was accepted. It was a great programme, and
many of today’s leading reinsurance executives are graduates
of the E.W. Blanch training programme.
Mr. Blanch was extremely demanding and a great advocate for
women. He created more opportunities for women to achieve
executive positions than the rest of the industry combined.
While at E.W. Blanch, I earned my MBA from the Carlson
School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Without question it is the multi-billion-dollar loss portfolio
transfers (LPTs) we at TigerRisk have created for leading insurers.
They are a win-win-win, and the insurers realise tremendous
benefits from these transaction. Likewise, the reinsurers obtain
the long-term liabilities that they can use to their advantage.
At TigerRisk we receive recognition for creating industry
leading, ground-breaking transactions where we are able to
demonstrate our thought-leadership, analytical depth and
innovative approaches to some very tough problems. Being
part of this team is particularly rewarding because we are
working with the best across re/insurance. I’m proud that
every day our team is learning and improving the process,
creating new analytical tools and achieving innovative
outcomes for our clients.
“Evolving from a startup to an
established leader has not been easy,
but it has been very rewarding.”
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