Influential women in re/insurance
MOST OF TALENT
For the fourth year running, this publication profiles some of the most
successful female executives working in risk transfer globally. As the
industry continues to change and adapt to forces beyond its control, it
appears many companies are embracing the factors they can control, which
includes ensuring they have the best talent—regardless of gender.
This is important for the industry if it is to thrive and survive after a new tech
revolution, an influx of new capital and one of the longest periods of soft
rates the industry can recall. But it is also interesting to see how the women
selected and interviewed for this project view their role in the industry.
The executives profiled were also asked a number of questions about their career
so far, aspirations for the future and how they see the industry developing.
It is interesting to note how the various executives respond to the question
about the biggest challenge they have faced. A number still cite juggling
family life with a successful career as their biggest challenge while others
note how proud they are to be carving a career path that can be followed by
But many women also cite challenges and achievements that have nothing to
do with their gender, perhaps indicating a wider trend in the industry of
gender becoming less of an issue, albeit slowly. These include changing
market dynamics, the soft market, increased competition and the influence
of technology on their role.
Perhaps the gender issue is becoming less important as all executives face
What follows are the profiles and comments from our new Class of 2017.
This year, we have identified and profiled 85 new women, but this should
be combined with the hundreds of executives we have profiled previously.
While we have previously restricted the list to female executives in re/
insurers or brokers, we have loosened our criteria this year and included a
selection of service providers working directly with the risk transfer industry.
In addition to this, we selected an additional 17 women featured in previous
years to update their answers and offer us some additional responses on how
they see the industry changing and their careers progressing.
For the full profile of every executive from 2016, 2015 and 2014 please
Wyn Jenkins, managing editor
If you have a candidate you’d like to propose for consideration in our 2018 update,
please contact Angharad Davies, head of research at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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