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2018 Break Out Awards, Northeast: Christina Leo

2018 Break Out Awards, Northeast: Christina Leo


Vice president – corporate insurance, operational risk management and analysis

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

New York

Age: 36

Christina Leo joined Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in April 2015 as a vice president in the company’s corporate insurance group, where she managed placement of the firm’s management liability and professional liability coverage. She was promoted in May 2017, adding responsibilities with the operational risk management and analysis team, covering the firm’s investment management division. Prior to joining Goldman, she had been a broker with Aon P.L.C. and an underwriter with Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.

Job change over the next 10 years

As the risk management practice becomes more sophisticated and data driven, it’s easier to look at the risks on a wholistic and enterprise basis rather than an insurable-risk basis.

Advice to someone starting in the business

I’d say to develop relationships with clients, with brokers and with underwriters. It’s a very small industry, and strong relationships can really help you along the way.

Best-kept secret about insurance

In the management liability practice, it’s definitely the access you get to the firms you are working with. I’m still amazed that as a junior underwriter I was able to sit down with the chief financial officer of a company and ask them questions about their business. You don’t really get that type of exposure in other industries.

Hobbies and interests

I do triathlons, and I did an Iron Man last summer. I’ve been doing this for about five years and at this point have probably done about a dozen triathlons.

Dream vacation

Thailand and Vietnam. I like the beach but I also like to do things and explore. It’s a happy medium

Favorite meal

My mom’s spaghetti and meatballs. It’s an old family recipe.


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