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2015 Women to Watch: Julie Layton

2015 Women to Watch: Julie Layton

Julie Layton

Account executive leader for Greater Florida

Aon Risk Solutions


Age: 48

In November, longtime corporate risk manager Julie Layton left her post as vice president of risk management at Kohl's Department Stores Inc. for a job in risk services with one of the nation's top brokers.

The career move into the role of account executive leader for Greater Florida with Aon Risk Solutions in Miami is one that she hopes will put her in line with her desire to help the industry as a whole. “I am most excited that I will have the opportunity to support risk managers, chief risk officers and primary risk buyers from all industries with a unique perspective of having had their responsibility to identify, treat and manage risks, both traditional and emerging,” she said.

Ms. Layton joined Kohl's in 2006, when the risk management department consisted of four people, an outsourced model that focused on claims, safety and insurance purchasing. When she left the department, 28 people remained to help Kohl's mitigate exposures in a robust risk management program that helped earn the company's best results in history — more than $13 million in casualty loss reductions companywide, based on 2014 figures.

Before Kohl's, Ms. Layton spent eight years at Office Depot Inc. as the company's first risk manager.

Her plunge into managing risk started in the accounting department of an insurance company.

“I discovered a glitch in their system where they weren't collecting subsequent premium. I discovered millions of dollars in uncovered premium,” Ms. Layton said. “Then they asked me to join their claims area ... I went on from there to the other side: risk management.”

She credits her innate skills for her success.

“I love to solve problems, and I am very strategic in the way that I can apply my discipline to a lot of situations, expanding risk management,” she said.

Dave North, Memphis, Tennessee-based president and CEO of Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc., called Ms. Layton a leading risk management authority. “Her ability to partner with others and raise a group's level of performance is what makes her particularly gifted,” he said. “She has positively impacted countless lives throughout her career and will continue to be a strong asset to the industry.”

In addition to her new role at Aon, Ms. Layton has set her sights on being an example to her daughters, both in college, as “a leader in my industry and being a role model to them,” she said.

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