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STACEY REGAN

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Deputy Treasurer-Insurance

General Electric Co.

Fairfield, Conn.

Age: 41

Stacey Regan manages a world of risk at General Electric, which has operations ranging from jet engines to financial services to news and entertainment in more than 70 countries. In overseeing the company's global risk and insurance programs, Ms. Regan is responsible for design, strategy, procurement and management. Ms. Regan, who became GE's global risk manager in 2001, also has developed a contract guidance tool for managing risks as part of GE's aggressive growth strategy; expanded GE's captive, Electric Insurance Co., to cover risks in the European Union and Canada; and introduced benchmarking and process improvement programs with GE's insurers and brokers to ensure that the company's risk management and insurance programs are aligned with company objectives. In addition, Ms. Regan has co-led the Fairfield, Conn., hub of the GE Women's Network, which helps women advance within the company and promotes collaboration on solutions across the GE's various business units.

best professional advice A former boss of Ms. Regan's bearing no relation, Tom Regan, "told me that it's great to think things through but to pay attention to your gut and what that's telling you. I think in my instance, it's helped me make the right decisions. One in particular was when I decided to leave Becton Dickinson to work for GE Capital. A few folks commented to me that it was not the right decision to make because I had such a great position and opportunity at Becton. I was the planned successor as the head of risk management at Becton. (But) I had the confidence to follow my instinct, and in retrospect, it is the best career path decision I have made."