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Account executive – vice president
Unlike many people who come to insurance by accident, Chidubem Ude chose his path to the industry. A graduate of Temple University, Mr. Ude found his sweet spot in the multinational space with Aon P.L.C., working with clients who are domiciled in the U.S. and have operations overseas. It is his job to analyze the risks his clients face overseas, and to place and implement global insurance programs that protect them.
Advice to someone starting in the business
I think the most important thing is to ask a ton of questions. I tell people all the time, geniuses ask the most questions. When you first start in the industry, you want to be curious about everything.
Best-kept secret about insurance
It’s fun. Honestly, that’s the best-kept secret about insurance. A lot of people tend to think it’s boring. For me in the commercial space, working with Fortune 500 companies that I grew up seeing on TV and hearing about on the radio, it’s pretty exciting for me to work with these companies closely and have an impact from an insurance standpoint. We are dealing with real-life situations, real-life scenarios.
Something people don’t know about you
I’m a chess player, an avid chess player, if I may add. In New York City, we have this area called Bryant Park, where a lot of folks sit out there and play chess. And one of my hobbies is going over there when I have some free time to play chess.
I want to go to Mykonos and Santorini. And another goal is to go to Bali. I have a few friends who have been there, and they describe it as heaven on earth. I would love to see what heaven looks like — while still being present on Earth, of course.
I’m Nigerian, born and raised, so my favorite meal is a local dish call jollof rice. Jollof rice is a native dish to west Africa, but you find the best jollof rice in Nigeria, so that along with plantains and stew.
The 2018 Business Insurance Break Out Awards highlight the potential future leaders of the insurance and risk management sector from across the United States.