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Senior Managing Director and Head of Rating Agency Advisory and Market Analysis
Aon Benfield Analytics
More than eight years into her work at Aon Benfield Analytics, Kelly Superczynski started as a member of the rating agency advisory team, a group responsible for delivering rating agency and accounting modeling and consultative services for Aon Benfield's clients. The group now consists of 16 people across seven countries—a worldwide expansion she helped make happen. To help with the advancement of women at Aon, she recently was part of a small group of senior female leaders across the company who put forth a proposal to Aon President and CEO Greg Case and Aon's executive board on effective ways to advance women within Aon. More than 25 % of her team members are women; and since becoming the head of the rating agency advisory and market analysis teams, 50% of the individuals hired have been women.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO WOMEN ENTERING THIS FIELD?
It's a challenging and exciting industry with a lot of opportunities right now. It's still fairly male-dominated, but that in and of itself won't stop advancement. Just given the growth opportunities, especially on the analytics side, it is a great place for someone to grow and learn in the industry.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER?
How important it is to work in an industry where you have a strong team surrounding you and the need to have both your senior leadership and core team members who support the group and individuals. It is virtually impossible to be successful without the team support.
DID YOU HAVE A MENTOR EARLY IN YOUR CAREER?
My former boss, Greg Heerde; he used to be the head of the team I now run. He taught me a lot about the industry. He ensured that I had opportunities to advance within the organization, and he helped me progress.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB, OUTSIDE OF YOUR CURRENT ROLE?
I don't know if one exists. I really enjoy the industry. Things along the line of (chief financial officer) pique my interest, but I enjoy working with clients on the consulting side.
OUTSIDE OF FAMILY AND COLLEAGUES, WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST?
I read up and study up on the most prominent women in the business world. I look at women who have taken up the CEO and CFO positions for large organizations throughout the world. I like to watch them and see how they developed. A lot of the women who have forged ahead in the business world—at places like Kraft, IBM and Pepsi—I look to them to try to understand the best way to forge ahead on a career path to get me there.
WHAT'S YOUR CAN'T-MISS TV SHOW?
The Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert shows. It's a good way to combine information and entertainment; a good way to wind down at night.
BEYOND WORK, WHAT ONE THING DO YOU WANT TO DO OR ACCOMPLISH IN LIFE?
My dream was always to work overseas, and I have been able to do that. With Aon, I worked in Paris for two years. I hope again to have that opportunity.
DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA? IF NOT, WHY NOT?
LinkedIn I use for professional reasons. I don't use Twitter or Facebook. I don't see it as that important. I don't think my personal life needs its own website.