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2015 Business Insurance Women to Watch

Posted On: Dec. 6, 2015 12:00 AM CST

It's been 10 years since Business Insurance started the Women to Watch awards program.

Launched in 2006 to recognize women leaders doing outstanding work in the insurance sector as well as risk and benefits management, the program has raised the profile of the hundreds of honorees and helped raise the issue of gender diversity in a largely male-dominated industry. While there is still a long way to go, we hope the program has encouraged more women to break through the glass ceiling in the sector.

The 25 honorees have been selected by a panel of Business Insurance editors who reviewed nominations submitted by Business Insurance readers. The selection criteria include recent professional achievements, influence on the marketplace and contributions to the advancement of women in business. This year, we added the requirement that nominations include three references from co-workers, clients or other business associates.

As always, it was difficult to narrow the field from the numerous outstanding nominations we received, but we feel we have selected an extraordinary group of honorees and hope you enjoy reading the profiles of the women listed below.

Carrie Barr

ISO Claims Partners

Susan Bencher Daigle

The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.

Kristen Bessette

Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

Teresa Black

Ace Ltd.

Victoria Davison

Marsh Ltd., a unit of Marsh L.L.C.

Valerie DeMell

Marsh, Berry & Co. Inc.

Artemis Emslie

Matrix Healthcare Services Inc., dba myMatrixx

Mary Forrest

Munich Reinsurance Co.

Lindsey Frase

Willis Re, a unit of Willis Group Holdings P.L.C.

Rachael Ingle

Aon Hewitt

Pam Kehaly

Anthem Inc.

Linda Lane

Harbor Health Systems, a unit of One Call Care Management

Julie Layton

Aon Risk Solutions

Florence Levy

JLT Specialty Insurance Services Inc.

Kristine Meuse

Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA Inc.

Donna Nadeau

XL Catlin

Judi Newsam

Guy Carpenter & Co. Corretora de Resseguros Ltda.

Amanda Nguyen

Aon Benfield Group Ltd.

Monica Ningen

Swiss Re Americas, a unit of Swiss Re Ltd.

Lynn Oldfield

AIG Canada, a unit of American International Group Inc.

Mary Beth Sanford

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.

Kathleen Savio

Zurich North America, a unit of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.

Lori Seidenberg

Alden Torch Financial L.L.C.

Cara Tseng Duffield

Wiley Rein L.L.P.

Soraya Wright

The Clorox Co.