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Business Insurance’s 2009 Women to Watch feature is our annual attempt to identify women who are doing outstanding work in commercial insurance, risk management, employee benefits and related fields.
This year, 25 women are profiled, beginning on page 10. 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 each year highlights a new set of women leaders. We consider it a starting point, not an end, for discussions on the importance of women in an industry serving diverse 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 2009 Women to Watch can be viewed below.
2009 WOMEN TO WATCH HONOREES
Jane Boisseau, Dewey & LeBoeuf L.L.P.
Pamela R. Collins, Collins Consulting Inc.
Diane M. Davies, Deloitte Consulting L.L.P.
Dawn Dinkins, XL Reinsurance America
Lori Dickerson Fouché, Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.
Patricia Guinn, Towers Perrin
Patricia A. Henry, ACE Group Holdings Inc.
Jenny L. Housley, Lockton Cos. L.L.C.
Ellen R. Kerr, Factory Mutual Insurance Co.
Ingrid C. Lindberg, CIGNA Corp.
Deborah M. Luthi, Matheson Inc.
Seraina Maag, Zurich North America Commercial
Carol L. Murphy, Aon Risk Services
Shari F. Natovitz, Silverstein Properties Inc./World Trade Center Properties
Jamie Ohl, Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.
Dawn Owens, OptumHealth Inc.
Sarah Pacini, Advocate Health Care Network
Louise Pennington, Integro Insurance Brokers
Carla Sans, McQueary Henry Bowles Troy L.L.P.
Francine L. Semaya, Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst L.L.C.
Maria Sheffield, Burr & Forman L.L.P.
Carolyn Snow, Humana Inc.
Parul Stevens, Smithfield Foods Inc.
Susan A. Stone, Sidley Austin L.L.P.
Martha Vinas, Willis North America
Programs that foster career development for women are gaining traction among insurers as the industry seeks talent to improve its competitive edge, observers say.