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2018 Break Out Awards, South: Deepak Adappa

2018 Break Out Awards, South: Deepak Adappa


Senior vice president and FINPRO advisory specialist

Marsh L.L.C.


Age: 31

Deepak Adappa was in his junior year at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business working toward a degree in business finance and accounting when he came across Marsh L.L.C. officials at a career fair. He got a 10-week internship in Marsh’s Chicago office and found his calling: a job that valued his love for sifting through balance sheets, examining organizations’ operations and understanding their exposures.

Emerging risks in your specialty

I know cyber has been around for a little bit, so I don’t know if folks would really consider it an emerging risk, but I think it still is. It’s an emerging risk because it’s really going to evolve over the next five to 10 years and beyond, just the way that operations and technology are continuing to change.

Best-kept secret about insurance

It’s really interesting. I’m constantly learning new and different things. Anytime you’re talking with a client and trying to understand their exposures, you’re learning something from them. Sometimes — before I got into the industry — you think of insurance and think of this plain, regimented, very historical industry that may not have a lot of evolution and nuance to it. But once you really get into it, you see how much there is to learn on a day-today basis and how interesting it can be.

Something people don’t know about you

I really enjoy traveling. My parents are originally from India, and me being first-generation, we used to go there every other year. I’ve been to China, Australia, Costa Rica.

Dream vacation

Africa. I’ve always wanted to go on an African safari.

Favorite meal

My wife’s family introduced me to xiao long bao. It’s a dumpling, but they actually put a soup within the dumpling. It sounds boring, but I love pizza.


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