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2021 Women to Watch Awards Americas EMEA

Jane Warren Active underwriter for Liberty Specialty Markets Syndicate and U.K. legal entities managing director

Liberty Special Markets, a unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.


No one in her family worked in insurance when Jane Warren started, which was not a bad thing because it meant she didn’t have anything to prove to anyone, she said.

Her recipe for success boils down to hard work, pragmatism and perseverance, she said. “And if you are a working mum, good organizational skills: you need a support structure to manage the day-to-day issues of childcare and running a home, so that you don’t feel conflicted or overwhelmed at work,” she said.

After spending five years in Bermuda with Ace Ltd., she moved to London for another five-year stint with the insurer before joining Axis Specialty Europe in 2014 as head of international operations. In 2016 she left Axis, where she had become chief operating officer, to join Liberty Special Markets. She was promoted in April of this year to her current position.

She has also been fortunate in having some forward-thinking bosses and colleagues, and, as a consequence, she is a mentor to five people at Liberty Specialty Markets.

Phil Hobbs, deputy managing director for the insurer, said, “Jane has moved seamlessly into being the active underwriter of a Top 10 Lloyd’s syndicate. She brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the market and is a superb advocate of our values.”

In addition, Ms. Warren is the executive sponsor for diversity, equity and inclusion within the company and chairs its inclusion matters steering group. She is particularly interested in neurodiversity.

“At a time when we publicly acknowledge the challenge of attracting new talent, we want to foster an environment where people of all backgrounds want to work and thrive,” Ms. Warren said. “Not only do I think this is morally and ethically right, but it also makes good business sense.”

Beyond work, family and friends are incredibly important, she said. “We have first-hand experience within our family of someone who has special needs, and, yes, that can be tough, but for the most part is incredibly rewarding and always a great leveler.”