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Business Insurance announces 2021 Women to Watch


Business Insurance on Thursday named the 2021 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. The awards will be presented during virtual events in November and December.

Women to Watch

Karen Bashor, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Jill Bryant, Axis Capital Holdings Ltd.  

Diane Charvat, Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.

Shannell Chibueze, Woodruff Sawyer & Co.

Lyndsey Christofer, Chubb Ltd.

Beth Diamond, Beazley PLC

Eileen Frank, J.P. West Inc.

Tenesha Frazier-Levett, Crawford & Co.

Eileen Fullerton, Fullerton Beck LLP

Kathy Galia, Paradigm Management Services LLC

Carla Greaves, Axa XL, a unit of Axa SA

Marinda Griese, California Joint Powers Risk Management Association

Mary Guzman, Crown Jewel Insurance

Adele Hapworth, The American Equity Underwriters Inc.

Dawn Hiestand, Zurich North America

Mia Iverson, American International Group Inc.

Keri Kittmann, AF Group

Kara Knowles, Gallagher Bassett Services Inc.

Janet Lindstrom, Arch Insurance Group Inc.

Alexandra Littlejohn, Alliant Insurance Services Inc.

Sarah Lin, RT Specialty, a unit of Ryan Specialty Group Holdings Inc.

Kio Lo, Tokio Marine HCC Surety Group, a unit of Tokio Marine Group of Cos.

Julie Marcello, Marsh LLC

Catherine Mulligan, Aon Reinsurance Solutions

Dawn Puro, Accredited Specialty Insurance Co.

Rebekah Ratliff, Capital City Mediations LLC

Brooke Runnion, Lockton Cos. LLC

Sharon Scott, ESIS Inc.

Jennifer Sharkey, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Shelley Yim, Aon PLC

Women to Watch EMEA

Rianne Baumann, Raetsheren Van Orden Groep B.V., a unit of Acrisure LLC         

Julia Borges, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Stefania Davi-Greer, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty      

Maria Diaz-Llado, Marsh SA 

Carol Etchebarne, Sedgwick France SA         

Vanesa Herrero, Tokio Marine Europe SA            

Jessica Kirby, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co.

Sally Lake, Beazley PLC         

Jane March, Guy Carpenter & Co. Ltd.   

Lindsey Nelson, CFC Underwriting Ltd.      

Alison Quinlivan, Google Inc.          

Hayley Robinson, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.   

Louise Rose, Transatlantic Reinsurance Co.              

Claire Sales, Aon PLC      

Jenny Sillén Österman, American International Group Europe SA             

Emma Stewart, Lloyd's of London          

Caroline Tran, Axa XL, a unit of Axa SA            

Jane Warren, Liberty Specialty Markets, a unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.            

Hui Yu, EmergIn Risk, a unit of Ryan Specialty Group Holdings Inc.    

Haixia Zhao, Sompo International Holdings Ltd.    

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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    The Business Insurance Women to Watch Awards is the only recognition program that celebrates leading women from every facet of the commercial insurance industry. Since its start as a recognition program in 2006, it has grown into an educational program aimed at the advancement of women in commercial insurance, risk management and related fields.