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2018 Women to Watch EMEA: Olivia Cooper

Olivia Cooper

Olivia Cooper
Managing director
Willis Towers Watson PLC
Age: 46

While travel and relocation is a part of many risk management consultants’ jobs, few consultants can match the diverse locations from which Olivia Cooper has been based.

Ms. Cooper, a managing director in the London office of Willis Towers Watson PLC, has, aside from London, been based in such locations as Mumbai, India, and Singapore.

Regardless of the country where she has worked, Ms. Cooper says there is one part of her job that she particularly enjoys: helping to identify and develop talent.

“I find that especially satisfying,” said Ms. Cooper, who has been with Willis Towers Watson and predecessor companies since 2006.

In her position, Ms. Cooper has taken on many responsibilities, including helping companies and professionals better understand their risks and obtain the appropriate insurance coverages.

And she played a key role in management issues. During her time in Mumbai as CEO of Willis Processing Services, for example, she significantly boosted the number of staffers, as well as strengthened the leadership team.

Those who have worked closely with Ms. Cooper say she has many strengths.

“Having lived in Mumbai and Singapore, she has a great global perspective,” said Alexis Faber, chief operating officer of corporate risk and broking in Willis Towers Watson’s Memphis, Tennessee, office.

In addition, “Ms. Cooper is incredibly selfless and is very focused on team cooperation and team outcomes and is incredibly well-rounded. Her future opportunities are limitless,” added Ms. Faber, who has known Ms. Cooper for about 10 years and worked closely with her for the past two years.

And Ms. Cooper enjoys meeting others in the insurance community. She is a member of the Insurance Supper Club, where women in insurance and other related financial service fields meet to discuss pressing business issues. In addition, she believes education is a continuing process, and she recently completed a year of studies at England’s Cranfield School of Management.

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