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Global Practice Leader-Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions Practice
Karen Beldy Torborg joined Marsh in 1993 from Chubb & Son Inc., where she worked in underwriting. At Marsh, she started in the casualty practice before transferring to the private equity and mergers and acquisitions practice in 1996. At PEMA, she took on progressively more complex roles, including global chief operating officer and North America PEMA practice leader. She was named to her current position in 2005 and, that year, she was also appointed to the Marsh board.
Q: If you had the ability to change one thing about the industry what would it be?
A: "I would improve the industry’s ability to efficiently provide important risk-related data to consumers. I look forward to the industry’s continued technological advancement in the area of data aggregation so that consumers can make decisions with the best information possible."
Q: What advice would you give young women entering the industry today?
A: "This is a dynamic industry that offers a wealth of opportunities to men and women alike. I would tell anyone entering the workforce that this is a business in which hard-working, inquisitive and entrepreneurial individuals can be successful."
Q: Who has had the greatest influence on your career and why?
A: "I have been fortunate to work with very capable people in my career. I have great respect for individuals who strive to deliver more value to the customer than that which is traditional. I have emulated this approach in my day-to-day experiences."
Business Insurance's report on "Women to Watch" is our attempt to identify some of the women who are leading change in commercial insurance, risk management, employee benefits and related fields.