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2015 Women to Watch: Florence Levy

2015 Women to Watch: Florence Levy

Florence Levy

Senior vice president, cyber/errors and omissions practice

JLT Specialty Insurance Services Inc.


Age: 42

When Florence Levy, as a recent law school graduate, went for a job interview at Aon Corp. in 2000, she met with both the then-new cyber practice group and a directors and officers liability group.

While the D&O group was “a very established group, I was very intrigued and excited about working with a brand-new team that was exploring this new element of cyber and technology and privacy risks that wasn't as mature — so I took a risk, if you will.”

It is a decision she does not regret. “Everybody's looking for people who are interested in the cyber space right now. It's a very hot discussion topic among our prospects and clients,” said Ms. Levy.

Ms. Levy spent 13 years at Aon when she worked with different types of clients of all sizes. “I learned a ridiculous amount and met some amazing people and really had an opportunity to flourish in my career,” she said.

After a brief period at Lockton Cos. L.L.C., Ms. Levy joined JLT Specialty Insurance Services Inc. in September 2014 as part of its U.S. expansion. “I was very excited to be part of something new” and the opportunity to build, develop and grow a complex book of cyber and commercial errors and omissions clients, she said.

“My responsibilities as part of our specialized cyber and E&O team at JLT is to help educate clients on their cyber and E&O exposures, help them to identify what their unique exposures may be, help them to prepare themselves not only for the potential risk transfer solutions in this space, but also help to mitigate and manage that cyber landscape.”

Ms. Levy has found that even the relatively new cyber field is dominated by men. “I try whenever possible to give (women) opportunities to advance their careers with my support.”

Ms. Levy, who has twin girls, describes herself as “a former ballet dancer who's turned that into a yoga obsession.” Her classes, which she tries to attend five days a week, often early in the morning, “helps me set my mind frame for the day,” she said.

“She is just a really great broker and resource for a risk manager to have,” said Cindy Roelke, Denver-based director of risk and insurance for Western Union Holdings Inc.

Clients really appreciate someone like Ms. Levy “who has a real passion for their work and a passion for their area of expertise,” said Patrick Donnelly, JLT Specialty's Chicago-based deputy CEO.

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