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Buren Jones – Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

It turns out that being a musician and successfully practicing corporate law are not as diametrically opposed as they may seem. When well executed, both require innovation and collaboration, particularly if the companies (or musicians) are looking to grow. So while the career of Buren Jones, vice president and general counsel of Indiana Farmers Mutual […]

Lindsey LeClair – Valeyo

February was the last time things felt normal for Lindsey LeClair. She had just started as general counsel for insurance company Valeyo and was meeting coworkers while planning to establish the organization’s first in-house compliance, legal and risk department. Lindsey is based in British Columbia, and her plan was to visit the company’s offices across […]

Mark Katz – Ryan Specialty Group

There were three important business concepts Mark Katz learned sitting around the family dinner table with his father, a New York City deli owner: hard work and sacrifice; the importance of straight talk; and the value of transparency. Those early lessons have served Katz well. The result? Less than a year after transitioning from a […]

Janine Hudson Rea – Builders Mutual Insurance Company

If nothing else, Janine Hudson Rea isn’t afraid to try something new. Three times during her career, she’s been hired by companies to be their first general or claims counsel. All three times, relevant industry experience wasn’t a determining factor. In fact, when hired by Builders Mutual Insurance Company to be its general claims counsel, […]

Roberto Ladron de Guevara – MetLife Chile

You might say Roberto Ladron de Guevara achieved his business New Year’s resolution months in advance at MetLife Chile. By smoothing out the legal wrinkles of two real estate financing projects, Ladron de Guevara helped pave the way for the company’s ambitious 2020 growth projections. Those wrinkles included a variety of commercial, legal, tax and […]

Evan A. Michael – NFP

For most general counsels, shepherding four acquisitions over the course of a year would be a milestone. Evan A. Michael routinely oversees 10 times that number. As general counsel and executive vice president for NFP—one of the nation’s largest insurance brokers and consultants—Michael has made mergers and acquisitions the centerpiece of his 13-year-plus tenure at […]

Michael Winschel – Risk International

Knowing where risk hides and understanding how to manage it are two different things, and neglecting to manage risk can become very costly. Yet where to turn for risk management assessments and options for solutions is an intricate and nuanced challenge. Independent expertise providing knowledgeable, unbiased opinions and recommendations that deliver cost-effective results can be […]

Stephen Berry – Builders Insurance Group

A tactical and practical approach has taken Stephen Berry far, even if it is not along a path he imagined as a younger man. Now a senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Builders Insurance Group, Berry once aspired to be a historian. Instead of academia, he has mastered the complex and perhaps […]

Brendan Malley – QBE North America

The very nature of the insurance business is about mitigating the risk of clients, and Brendan Malley takes that approach in his role with the regional division of the Australian-based company that is his sole client. A member of the legal staff at the top 20 global insurer QBE North America since 2011, and senior […]

Viviana Alvarado – Sura Asset Management Mexico

In the 70 years Grupo Sura has been entrusted with other people’s money, it has prided itself on investing for the future and ethically insuring clients. Now, in the wake of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s sweeping anticorruption measures aimed at cleaning up the way government and corporations do business, Sura’s Mexico City-based subsidiary […]

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