JOAN LAMM-TENNANTPosted On: Jul. 29, 2007 12:00 AM CST
Global Chief Economist and Risk Strategist
Guy Carpenter & Co. Inc.
Prior to her recent appointment as global chief economist and risk strategist for reinsurance intermediary Guy Carpenter & Co. Inc. in June 2007, Joan Lamm-Tennant served in different roles at General Reinsurance Corp. for 10 years. Most recently, she was president of the General Re Capital Consultants unit, advising insurance companies on various risk management issues, including enterprise risk management. Before launching her insurance industry career, Ms. Lamm-Tennant was the Thomas G. Labrecque Chair in business and a professor of finance at Villanova University. She continues to be involved in teaching as an adjunct professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Best professional advice: "It came from my father, who was a jeweler, and knew nothing about (the insurance) business. As a very young woman he said to me, 'whatever you do, be passionate about it, and you will be exceptional.' Very simple: love what you do."
Advice to young women: "I don’t necessarily have specific advice for females different than males. To do their job description well, but, job descriptions are limiting. Do something innovative, and make sure that something has an impact on your organization."
Early aspirations: "My goal was not specific to a field, but it was to have an impact and make a difference on an organization—either academic, government or industry. My goal was to be relevant wherever I was."