Since 2006, INN's Women in Insurance Leadership program has honored the extraordinary accomplishments of more than 60 professionals whose leadership and performance have redefined the insurance business and its application of technology. Today, nine more names, as well as the program’s first-ever repeat winner, are added to the distinguished list.

The 2013 Women in Insurance Leadership honorees are:

• Robin Arendt, Global CIO, XL Group (nominated by FirstBest Systems and XL Group)

• Patricia Coffey, SVP, Technology and Operations, Allstate (nominated by IBM)

• Alice Gannon, SVP and Chief Actuary, USAA (nominated by The Nolan Company)

• Sabrina Hart, EVP and Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Corporate in North America, Zurich NA (nominated by Zurich NA)

• Elizabeth Heck, President and COO, Greater New York Mutual Insurance (nominated by Insurity)

• Susan Keisler-Munro, SVP, COO, Assurity Life Insurance (nominated by The Nolan Company)

• Denise Lynch, Property & Casualty Group Executive, Kemper (nominated by Kemper)

• Marianne Petillo, President and CEO, ROM Reinsurance (nominated by Hyland Software)

• Laurie Ranegar, SVP, Operations, Tower Group Companies (nominated by Strategy Meets Action and CEDAR Document Technologies)

• Kathleen Tierney, EVP, Chubb & Son, and COO, Chubb Personal Insurance (nominated by Chubb)

For the first time in the program’s history, INN names a repeat winner: Allstate’s Patricia Coffey — who was VP of Protection Technology the first time — was selected in 2007 for leading a Web services solution development project. This year, in her new role with the insurer, she’s recognized for simplifying financial systems, automating procurement processes and boosting Allstate’s analytics capabilities, among other achievements.

In-depth profiles of all 10 WIL winners will be featured online at and published in INN’s October/November 2013 edition.

Winners also will be recognized at INN’s 6th Annual Women in Insurance Leadership Forum, which will be held on Oct. 29-30, 2013, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago. Eileen McDonnell, Chairman, President and CEO of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. — one of only two Fortune 1000 insurance companies that are led by female CEOs — will keynote the event.

For a slideshow introducing this year's 10 winners, click here.

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