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The Business Insurance Women to Watch Award program is evolving as we continue to celebrate the achievements of outstanding female executives in the insurance and risk management sector.
This year, we have added the Women to Watch Inspiration Award to recognize the work of an individual whose accomplishments establish her as a role model for younger women in the industry.
While insurance has been male-dominated for years, change is gradually coming as more women take senior positions at their firms. It is the female pioneers in the sector who inspire the future women leaders of the industry.
The first Women to Watch Inspiration Award is presented to Pamela Newman, chairman of the Newman Team at Aon, and a strategic adviser to Aon PLC, in recognition of her extraordinary achievements in the brokerage world (see related story).
In addition, while the Women to Watch Awards are in their 13th year, 2018 also marks the second year of the Women to Watch EMEA awards.
Since the program’s inception, we have had many nominations and honorees from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, so last year we established a separate awards program and recognition event to honor winners in the region. Profiles of our EMEA honorees begin here.
All of the 2018 Women to Watch were selected through a rigorous nomination process. We began accepting nominations earlier this year — where we sought extensive information on nominees’ expertise, leadership qualities and achievements — and the hundreds of nominations were reviewed by a panel of senior Business Insurance staff. After selecting finalists, we reviewed and spoke with references before naming the 15 winners from EMEA and 30 winners from North America and the rest of the world.
We hope you enjoy reading their stories.
Gavin Souter, editor
2018 WOMEN TO WATCH HONOREES
Crum & Forster Holdings Corp.
Assurex Global Corp.
Willis Towers Watson PLC
Vermont Department of Financial Regulation
The Doctor’s Co.
Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.
Children’s National Medical Center
Marsh Captive Solutions
Laura F. Coppola
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
Arch Insurance Group Inc.
Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co.
Michelman & Robinson LLP
One Call Care Management
American International Group Inc.
Munich Reinsurance America Inc.
Tangram Insurance Services
JLT Specialty USA
Mary Beth Smykowski
Texas Mutual Insurance Co.
Krauter & Co.
Willis Towers Watson PLC
Sarah De Rocco
Britam Holdings Ltd.
Travelers Insurance Co. Ltd.
Delphine Traoré Maïdou
Pen Underwriting Ltd.
AIG Europe Ltd.
Aon Reinsurance Solutions
Liberty Specialty Markets
Pamela J. Newman was reluctant to enter the insurance industry at first but on closer inspection found it intriguing, and over the past 35 years she has become one of the most successful executives in the sector.