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2019 Women to Watch

Posted On: Dec. 2, 2019 12:00 AM CST

2019 Business Insurance Women to Watch

The 2019 Business Insurance Women to Watch Awards showcase another outstanding group of female executives in the insurance and risk management sector.

When the publication began the program in 2006, many women were carving out impressive careers in insurance, but few were making it to the highest levels of management. Frustratingly for many, that is still the case today, but progress is being made.

Our Inspiration Award winner, Jane Tutoki, held numerous senior positions at some of the biggest companies in the industry before making it to the CEO ranks in 2014. Ms. Tutoki’s life story and career should provide inspiration to anyone working in the insurance sector (see related story).

And the 50 women we honor from around the globe as Women to Watch all have achieved exceptional levels of success. Female insurance professionals from Australia to Arizona and Paris to Puerto Rico are advancing their teams, units and organizations, and changing the face of the industry. In addition, many of the winners are actively involved in programs that promote diversity in the insurance business.

All the honorees were selected through a rigorous nomination process. Beginning in June, we sought nominations detailing information on nominees’ expertise, leadership qualities and achievements. The hundreds of nominations were reviewed by Business Insurance editorial staff, and finalists were selected after two rounds of judging.

After we reviewed and spoke with references, we named 20 winners from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 30 from North America and the rest of the world.

All the winners have unique and compelling stories. We hope you enjoy reading about them.

Gavin Souter, editor


Nicole Abdallah
JND Healthcare Management Inc.

Michelle Bennett
Cable One Inc.

Nicole Bennett
Crum & Forster Holdings Corp.

Melissa Cerny
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Chris Chang Dumortier
Alliant Insurance Services Inc.

Olga Collins
Beecher Carlson, a unit of Brown & Brown Inc.

Josephine Copeland
PMA Cos.

Yosha DeLong
Zurich North America

Randi Ellias
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Tracey Gibbons
Third Point Re Co. Ltd.

Krista Glenn
IAT Insurance Group Inc.

Kris Hill
QBE North America

Lisa Humphrey
Chubb Ltd.

Wesley Hyatt
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

Michele Jacobson
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Jodie Kaufman Davis
H.W. Kaufman Financial Group Inc.

Nancy Korcinsky
Willis Towers Watson PLC

Heather Matthews
Crawford & Co.

Stephanie McCloud
Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

Mary McIvor
American International Group Inc.

Lisa Melillo
Travelers Cos. Inc.

Courtney Osborne
El Ad US Holding Inc.

Sarah Robson
Marsh Canada Ltd., a unit of Marsh LLC

Rosa Royo
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Marijo Storment
Paradigm Management Services LLC

Arleen Taveras
Insurance Licensing Services of America Inc.

Jennifer Torneden

Anne Marie Towle
Hylant Group Inc.

Grace Vandecruze
Grace Global Capital LLC

Stacey Williams
Gallagher Bassett Services Pty Ltd.


Rawan Alsulaiman
International General Insurance Co. Ltd.

Elaine Casaprima
Marsh AG

Claudia Cordioli
Swiss Re Ltd.

Benedetta Cossarini
American International Group Inc.

Anna Ekstrom
StartPoint Executive Risks, a unit of Ryan Specialty Group LLC

Silvia Herms
The Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe

Emma Karhan

Loredana La Pace
Goldman Sachs Asset Management LP

Ruth Leggett
Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.

Silvia Martinez
Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd.

Vanessa Maxwell
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co.

Alexandra Paton
Liberty Specialty Markets, a unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

Sarah Reynolds
Global Risk Solutions Inc.

Tammy Richardson
Willis Towers Watson PLC

Holly Shepherd
Shepherd Compello Ltd.

Sierra Signorelli
Zurich Insurance Co. Ltd.

Sabine VanderLinden
SBC G Ltd.

Corinne Vitrac
Axa XL Risk Consulting, a unit of Axa SA

Charlotte von Krogh
Crawford & Co.

Abiba Zakariah
WAICA Reinsurance Corp. PLC