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Global Chief Economist and Risk Strategist

Guy Carpenter & Co. Inc.

New York

Age: 54

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."