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Business Insurance's 2008 Women to Watch

Business Insurance's 2008 Women to Watch

Business Insurance’s Women to Watch feature is our attempt to identify some of the women who do outstanding work in commercial insurance, risk management,employee benefits and related fields.

This year, 25 women are profiled. They represent senior executives and innovators at organizations serving buyers of commercial insurance, reinsurance, risk management and benefits. The list was compiled from hundreds of nominations by readers and was selected by a panel of senior BI editors, comprising women and men.

BI’s Women to Watch is an annual feature that highlights a new set of women leaders each year. We consider it a starting point, not an end, for discussions on the importance of women in an industry that serves a diverse group of clients.

In general, the women on our list are in client-facing roles that directly affect risk managers, benefit managers or commercial insurers. Women involved behind the scenes in administrative roles are no less important, but our focus is on direct impact on buyers.

Complete profiles of the 2008 Women to Watch are below.


Rebecca C. Amoroso, Deloitte LLP
Diane Askwyth, Schering-Plough Corp.
Bonnie Boone, Alliant Health Care Solutions, Alliant Insurance Services Inc.
Alison Borland, Hewitt Associates Inc.
Catherine Corrie, Aon Benfield
Susan Cross, XL Capital Ltd.
Sarah Dalgarno, Arthur J. Gallagher (UK) Ltd.
Christa Davies, Aon Corp.
Judy Gonsalves, ACE Bermuda Insurance Ltd.
Patricia Hemingway Hall, Health Care Service Corp.
Ruth A. Hunt, Buck Consultants LLC
Patricia Kagerer, C.F. Jordan LP
Jacqueline Kosecoff, Prescription Solutions, a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc.
Diane Larrivee, S&B Engineers & Constructors Ltd.
Ann Longmore, Willis Group Holdings Ltd.
LoriAnn Lowery, Lloyd's America Inc.
Holly Meidl, Marsh Inc.
Martha Oakes, Westfield Insurance Co.
Jodi Prohofsky, CIGNA Corp.
Sharon Ritchey, Hartford Life Inc., a subsidiary of Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.
Chelley Schaper, Lockton Cos LLC
Mary Sklarski, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
Sheila Small, Verizon Communications Inc.
Katherine Smith-Dedrick, Childress Duffy Goldblatt Ltd./Risk Assessment & Transfer International
Peg Warner, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP