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2018 Women to Watch EMEA: Sarah De Rocco

Sarah De Rocco
Head of industries
Marsh SpA
Milan, Italy
Age: 39

For Sarah De Rocco, working in a vibrant insurance market that is experiencing a changing risk management culture is one of the most exciting things about her job.

Ms. De Rocco, who has been head of industries at Marsh SpA in Milan, Italy, since 2016, said risk culture is developing apace in Italy.

“Our clients operate in often volatile and complex environments, and I personally find it thrilling to help them find solutions to the challenges they face,” she said. “The opportunity to create value for our clients and to be part of a change movement in the sector is what I like best about my job.” Ms. De Rocco said leading a young team — almost exclusively made up of millennials — is a hugely satisfying part of her role. “Seeing their progress day to day is very rewarding,” she said.

“In general, I am proud when I am doing something that I feel could help or have a positive impact on others, for example when someone recognizes me as a point of reference for younger colleagues, a ‘female model of leadership’ or as a sort of ‘door opener,’” she said.

This year, Ms. De Rocco has chaired a “WomenLab” at Marsh Italy. This recently created committee is charged with promoting gender diversity and inclusion at Marsh in Italy. “We have ambitious plans for 2019 to really make a difference,” she said.

As a mother of two, Ms. De Rocco says that maternity has changed her approach to life and work, “smoothing some angles of my character and making me more focused and efficient.”

“I am curious by nature and I like to learn something new every day, so I love reading and discovering new places with my kids,” she said.

Stefania Davi-Greer, head of financial lines for regional unit London at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE, said Ms. De Rocco’s inclusion as a Business Insurance Woman to Watch was “testament to her hard work and commitment to the insurance industry.”

“I hope she will continue to inspire many professionals on her continued path to success,” Ms. Davi-Greer added.

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