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Women to Watch: Barbara C. Bufkin

Posted On: Oct. 8, 2006 12:00 AM CST

Barbara C. Bufkin

Senior Vp-Corporate Business Development

Argonaut Group Inc.

San Antonio

Age: 51

Barbara C. Bufkin began her career in 1977 as a commercial underwriting trainee with the Travelers Insurance Co. She entered reinsurance in 1979 as a casualty facultative underwriter with American Reinsurance Co., and the reinsurance intermediary business in 1981 with E.W. Blanch Co. She served as executive vp at Sedgwick Payne Co. until 1993, joining Swiss Re Services as an executive vp in 1995 before becoming director at Swiss Re New Markets. She joined Argonaut Group in 2001.

What would you change: "I believe the insurance industry's ability to compete, attract and retain top undergraduate and graduate school talent will be the single most important driver of our industry. This will require reaching farther into the recruiting process, articulating the challenges and opportunities in the insurance/reinsurance industry and embracing the potential for true innovation."