Business Insurance Announces its 2012 Women to Watch Awards Honorees

Dec 03, 2012, 09:00 ET from Business Insurance

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Business Insurance announced the names of their 25 Women to Watch honorees in print and online Dec. 3, 2012, and celebrates their achievement at an awards luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in New York.  Keynote speaker will be Suzy Welch, best-selling author, popular television commentator, and noted business journalist.  

Business Insurance's Women to Watch feature is an annual salute to business leaders and influential executives who are doing outstanding work in commercial insurance, risk management, employee benefits and related fields. 2012 marks the seventh year of this recognition, and the fifth year for the awards luncheon. In addition to the annual awards luncheon, Business Insurance produces a Leadership Workshop. This one-day educational and networking event focuses on relevant issues affecting the advancement of women in the insurance industry, highlighting many of the honorees as speakers.

"The Women to Watch program is an integral part of the Business Insurance calendar. The awards shine a light on women doing exceptional work in an industry that is still dominated at the executive levels by men," said Gavin Souter, editor of Business Insurance. "The 2012 honorees come from wide range of organizations and are at a variety of stages in their careers, but they all excel in their positions, regardless of their gender."

"The Leadership Workshop is a recent addition to the program that provides a platform to discuss the issue of diversity and explore the crucial role that corporate efforts to promote diversity can play in producing equitable organizations and improving profitability," he said.

This year's honorees were selected after an evaluation of nominations by Business Insurance senior editors. Nominees are chosen based on recent professional achievements, influence on the marketplace, and contributions to the advancement of women in business. The list is open to women leaders worldwide. The list of 2012 honorees is as follows:


Rocio Leal Pasarán

ACE Seguros, S.A.

Deputy Director of P&C Operations

Reshma Dalia

Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Senior Vice President, Operations and Finance

Maria Yao

Aon Hewitt

Executive Vice President, HR Business Process Outsourcing

Jennifer Fahey

Aon Risk Solutions

EVP, Chief Broking Officer – Americas

Sarah Bennett

Barney & Barney LLC

Client Executive        

Peggy Scott

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Teresa Chan


Senior Vice President 

Anna Engh

Covington & Burling


Deborah Minkoff

Cozen O'Connor

Member, Global Insurance Group

Dorothy Kelly

Crowe Paradis

Chief Executive Officer

Janet Dell


Global Customer Experience Leader

Magdalena Nowloka


Chief Financial Officer

Vicky Carter

Guy Carpenter

Vice Chairman of International Operations

Elizabeth Bierbower


President, Employer Group Segment

Amy Laverock


Global Health & Benefits Strategic Solutions Leader

Mandy McNeil


Managing Director

Selena Linde

Perkins Coie


Dr. Teresa Bartett


Senior Vice President and Medical Director

Karin Landry


Managing Partner

Mildred Claire

Tishman Construction Corporation

Director – Insurance and Risk Management

Betty Coulter

University of North Carolina

Director of Risk Management and Insurance

Meredith Schnur

Wells Fargo

Senior Vice President

Janet Pane

Willis North America

Managing Director of Placement Operations

Roxanne Mitchell

XL  Insurance Company

President, Surplus Lines

Ann Haugh

Zurich Insurance Group

Group Chief of  Staff

The 2012 Women to Watch Leadership Workshop & Awards Luncheon will be held at the Hilton Midtown in New York on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The annual event brings together the current class of honorees and past recipients who wish to celebrate the newest members of this exclusive group and to expand and strengthen their professional contacts. This year's event was sponsored by AIG, Alliant, CS Stars, Guy Carpenter, Sedgwick, XL Group, and Zurich NA.  Media partner for Women to Watch is APIW.

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