Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
OF OF 2017
April Galda Joyce
Company: Global Atlantic Re
Job title: Co-chief executive officer
2015: Co-chief executive officer, Global Atlantic Re
2012: Chief operating officer, Ariel Re
2008: Managing director, property & casualty, Goldman
Sachs Reinsurance Group
1999: Investment banker, Goldman Sachs with Global Atlantic in Bermuda. It’s pretty cool to witness
something grow from an idea into a 1,000-person company
with over $50 billion in assets.
I’d also say moving to Bermuda has been a major highlight
of my career. From my experience, it’s the best place to have
a serious career with a high quality of life. I’d been pretty
exclusively career-focused, but after moving to Bermuda, I
realised I was also passionate about—and fairly good at—
cycling. It offered me balance and a feeling of community I
don’t think I could have found elsewhere.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
No career path follows a perfectly straight line. But one of
the more interesting challenges has been being a top manager
and a top leader. They’re very different skillsets. Fortunately
I’ve had some great role models at Global Atlantic who do
Managing—in the weeds, getting things done—comes pretty
naturally, but lifting up your head to see if you’re ploughing
down the right path, ensuring you have the right team to
take things to the next level and focusing your resources on
what really matters takes strategic leadership. I’ve had to be
deliberate about developing that muscle.
April Galda Joyce joined Goldman Sachs as an investment
banker before moving to the strategy team and becoming
a founding member of the Goldman Sachs Reinsurance
Group (GSRG). With GSRG, she co-led the P&C reinsurance
business in London, establishing Lloyd’s Syndicate 1910, then
moved to Bermuda with the acquisition of Ariel Re in 2012
and served as COO.
GSRG separated from Goldman Sachs as Global Atlantic
Financial Group in 2013 and sold Ariel Re in 2015, after
which she returned to Global Atlantic as Co-CEO of Global
Atlantic Re in Bermuda.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I started as an investment banker and thought that was
the path my career would follow. I was then given the
opportunity to rotate into a strategy role at Goldman Sachs
and saw the inner workings of how a large company grows,
which was pretty exciting.
Goldman was considering entering new areas of financial
services, and, given some of my banking experience, I
worked on the idea of building a reinsurance business. An
idea became a business plan, which then launched my new
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have loved building businesses with the Global Atlantic
team. Alongside smart colleagues, you really can make an
idea become reality, finding your way together on a new
path. I was the second employee in the Goldman Sachs
Reinsurance Group, which became Global Atlantic. I had
that opportunity to experience this with our P&C business,
which acquired Ariel Re and is now part of Argo. Now I have
the opportunity to do it in the life & annuity business, back
“Ensuring you have the right team to
take things to the next level and focusing
your resources on what really matters
takes strategic leadership.”
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