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Business Insurance announces 2020 Women to Watch


Business Insurance on Thursday named the 2020 winners of its annual Women to Watch awards program.

Business Insurance started the program in 2006 to recognize women leaders doing outstanding work in risk management and commercial insurance. From the beginning, the program has recognized winners working around the globe, and in 2017, the publication expanded the awards to include a separate program specifically for women executives in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Business Insurance readers nominated candidates for Women to Watch, and a panel of Business Insurance editors selected the honorees based on those nominations.

Below are this year’s 30 honorees for Women to Watch and 20 honorees for Women to Watch EMEA. This year, the awards will be presented during virtual events in November and December.


Women to Watch

Virna Alexander Rhodes, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

Johnte’ Archer, J. Archer Insurance Group

Preeti Asthana, Aon PLC

Martha Bane, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Danette Beck, USI Insurance Services LLC

Ashleigh Cashman, International Catastrophe Insurance Managers LLC, a unit of Victor Insurance Holdings

Elaine Coffman, Lockton Cos. LLC

Ingrid Cook, SHzoom It LLC

Courtney Davis Curtis, University of Chicago

Amy Evans Intercare Holdings Inc.

Erin Fry, Munich Re Specialty Insurance, a unit of Munich Reinsurance Group

Catrina Gilbert, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Donna Glenn, National Council on Compensation Insurance

Susan Gonzales, American International Group Inc.

Reema Hammoud, Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.

Heidi Hull, FM Global

Dana Lodge, Everest Insurance, a unit of Everest Re Group Ltd.

Megan Miller, Spencer Educational Foundation

Diane Mittenzwei, Risk Strategies Co. Inc.

Lan Nguyen, BioMed Realty

Vasantha Prammagnanam, CorVel Corp.

Kim Riley, Hylant Group Inc.

Sharon Robinson, Zurich North America

Shannon Stefanski, R-T Specialty LLC

Christina Terplan, Atheria Law P.C.

Rhonda Tobin, Robinson & Cole LLP

Michele Twyman, Chubb Ltd.

Christina Welch, FCCI Insurance Group

Juliet White, Axa XL, a unit of Axa SA

Julie Wood, Marsh LLC

Women to Watch EMEA

Lisa Bartlett, Crawford & Co.

Andrea Best, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Hande Bilgisu, Marsh LLC

Melissa Boyars, Generali Group

Elizabeth Carbonaro, Willis Towers Watson PLC

Nina Duft, American International Group Inc.

Sophia Dunér, Aon Reinsurance Solutions

Ana Franco de Sarabia, Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.

Jackie Hyde, Stanmore Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Victoria Jewell, McLarens Global Ltd.

Tracy-Lee Kus, Aon PLC

Vered Lobel, American International Group UK Ltd.

Kera McDonald, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Melanie O’Neill, Liberty Specialty Markets

Nilay Ozden, Marsh Ltd.

Petra Riga, Zurich Insurance Group

Linda Ryan, Everest Re Group Ltd.

Kay Smith, THB Group, a unit of AmWINS Group Inc.

Connie Tregidga, QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Beatriz Valenti Barbat, Zurich Insurance Group

Profiles of the winners will appear in the December edition of Business Insurance. For more information on the awards program and events, click on the links below.

Women to Watch

Women to Watch EMEA

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