Job title: Chief executive officer
Company: Hiscox London Market
Kate Markham joined Hiscox in
June 2012 to run the UK Direct
business, leading a team of over 200
people across three locations with
accountability for sales, marketing,
operations, and underwriting.
Having built UK Direct into
a market-leading operation with
a strong brand and a culture
of creating customers for life,
Markham was promoted to the
newly created role of chief executive
officer of Hiscox London Market in 2017.
Prior to joining Hiscox, she worked for Vodafone for 12 years.
As head of international enterprise at Vodafone, she identified a
significant new opportunity to serve multinational clients globally
and built an effective operation to support the venture.
Markham started her career at Anderson Consulting (now
Job title: CEO and co-founder
Company: Emerald Life
Heidi McCormack is co-founder
and chief executive officer of
Emerald Life, an award-winning,
disruptor insurance startup serving
the needs of underinsured groups
including women, LGBT, nontraditional
families and single
These communities are
dramatically underinsured and
underrepresented in marketing
and product design. Emerald is all
about challenging unconscious bias and traditional stereotypes and
changing how the financial services industry meets the needs of its
McCormack is a business leader recognised for her thought
leadership on the international stage through her career in
management of fast-growing companies and her career in investment
banking, compliance and as a senior figure in one of the largest,
global automotive companies. She spent 25 years living and working
Before co-founding Emerald, McCormack was executive director
of new business development for General Motors in Russia, one of
several positions she’s held globally, spearheading GM’s entry into
Russia and becoming a role model for women in the boardroom.
Her track record of growing robust businesses in challenging
environments drives her vision for Emerald’s growth and her passion
for providing Emerald’s customers with the service and insurance
protections they deserve.
As well as having held various board positions for trade bodies and
companies, she regularly lectures in business and academic circles,
and on women in finance.
Educated at John Hopkins University and American University in
Cairo, McCormack started her career at Bear Stearns in the emerging
markets group, specialising in mergers and acquisitions.
She identified a significant new opportunity
to serve multinational clients globally.
Her track record of growing robust
businesses in challenging environments
drives her vision for Emerald’s growth.
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