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Business Insurance's annual Women to Watch feature is our attempt to identify and recognize individuals doing exceptional work in risk management, benefits management, commercial insurance and related fields.
The insurance industry traditionally has been a male-dominated sector, especially at the executive levels. But as we have seen from the women we have profiled in this annual feature throughout the past five years, there is a growing number of talented and dynamic female executives holding key positions within the sector.
As a result, as the years go by, it gets tougher for the panel of BI editors involved in the selection process to narrow down the field of candidates and select only a few honorees from the numerous nominations we receive.
We think you'll agree, though, that the nominees selected have outstanding credentials and are exceptional leaders in their fields.
Profiles of the nominees are below.
Eileen Auen, PMSI Inc.
Jean Bisio, Humana Inc.
Valerie Butt, Zurich Global Corporate in North America
Melissa Carmichael, Marsh Inc.
Jennifer R. Devery, Crowell & Moring LLP
Lisa Doherty, Business Risk Partners Inc.
Alexis Faber, Willis North America
Grace Gandarilla, C.F. Jordan Construction LLC
Elizabeth Haar, Accident Fund Holdings Inc.
Letha E. Heaton, Admiral Insurance Co.
Jennifer Lunski, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
Debra McClenahan, Ryan Specialty Group
Laurie Orchard, XL Group PLC
Sophia Phillips, Hanover Insurance Group
Robyn Piper, Piper Jordan LLC
Sheri Pixley, Lockton Dunning Benefits, a unit of Lockton Cos. LLC
Carolyn H. Rosenberg, Reed Smith LLP
Chantel Sheaks, Buck Consultants LLC
Cynthia R. Shoss, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP
Caryn Siebert, Carl Warren & Co.
Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen, Aon Risk Services
Kathryn Sullivan, UnitedHealthcare
Pattie Dale Tye, Humana Inc.
Alyson Warhurst, Maplecroft
Maggie Westdale, Aon Benfield, a unit of Aon Corp.