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2018 Women to Watch EMEA: Kadidja Sinz

Kadidja Sinz
Head of continental Europe
Liberty Specialty Markets, a division of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
Paris
Age: 61

When asked what she enjoys most about her job, Kadidja Sinz answers: “Teamwork!”

“In particular, I love the energy that a team can generate around implementing a strategic development from the bottom up,” said Ms. Sinz of her work as the head of continental Europe for Liberty Specialty Markets, a division of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

“This is a challenging time to be in insurance, but I’m passionate about this industry and I believe there are many interesting and positive things we can do when we collaborate effectively together for brokers and buyers.”

Ms. Sinz got her law degree before studying international relations at business school. “I was inspired by the idea than an industry can contribute to the growth of the international economy, so I first became a political risk underwriter, supporting companies to secure their international investments. Then I specialized in financial lines,” she said.

Starting and developing projects have been among the things keeping Ms. Sinz’s career stimulating and of which she is proud, she said. A recent broker engagement model is a good example of this, she said: “It’s meant a real culture shift and working on a common language for all our underwriters across Europe — and it is allowing teams to have better conversations.”

Over the course of her career, Ms. Sinz has sought opportunities to encourage talented women, “some of whom I’ve known and supported for 20 or 30 years now.”

“In every organization I have worked in, I’ve pushed for diversity, and I’ve been particularly keen to ensure that we are aware of bias against women in that critical 34-42 age bracket who are part of the talent pool but also starting families,” she said. “This is a time when bias can creep in — you can’t ignore that, but you must manage it.”

“Kadidja is an inspirational and effective leader who sets ambitious targets and has achieved much through her inclusive and collaborative approach,” said Matthew Moore, London-based president and managing director of Liberty Specialty Markets. “Her impact on our European business has been enormous.”

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