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Business Insurance invited readers to nominate women working worldwide in risk management, commercial insurance, reinsurance, and related fields, such as law and consulting.
Readers responded by submitting many nominations. BI staff also contributed information about women in the industry, from which an overall list was compiled. A panel of senior BI editors then pored over the list, with an eye to identifying the "Women to watch."
BI published a list of 80 women to watch in its October 9 edition. Here BIE has selected the women to watch in Europe and a selection of women to watch in the United States that will be of interest to our readers.
The selection process took several weeks and applied criteria including: recent professional achievements, influence on the marketplace and contributions to the advancement of women in business.
BI editors gave special consideration to the contributions of women in the past three years who are in leadership positions that have a direct impact on the buyers of commercial lines insurance, reinsurance or employee benefits programs. For this reason, women doing outstanding work within their organizations but chiefly in administrative roles generally do not appear on the list.
Reflecting BI's editorial focus, women executives at organizations that specialize in personal lines business were excluded from the list.