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Ellen Charnley, Sarah De Rocco, and Catherine French Named 2018 Women to Watch

Congratulations are in order for three outstanding Marsh colleagues who have been selected by Business Insurance as 2018 Women to Watch.

Ellen Charnley, President, Marsh Captive Solutions; Sarah De Rocco, Head of Industries, Marsh SpA; and Catherine French, Managing Director Risk Management Placement, Marsh Ltd., will be honored at events taking place in New York and London later this year and profiled in the December issue of the magazine.  

Now in its 13th year, Business Insurance’s Women to Watch awards program recognizes women leaders doing outstanding work in risk management and commercial insurance worldwide. In 2017, the publication began a separate award program for women executives in EMEA. Honorees for both programs are selected based on recent professional accomplishments, expertise, leadership, and future career prospects.

“I’m delighted to celebrate Ellen, Sarah, and Catherine for their achievements as women leaders not only at Marsh but in our industry,” said John Doyle, President and CEO, Marsh.  “Marsh is committed to fostering a culture where all of our colleagues feel included and personally capable of success at our firm.”   

Ellen Charnley

In October 2017, Ellen became the first woman President of Marsh Captive Solutions. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the business, which includes 400 colleagues worldwide and more than 1,200 captives under management in 49 domiciles with premium volume totaling more than $55 billion. Ellen is one of the foremost experts in the captive industry, with more than 22 years of experience working with domiciles and captives. In January 2018, she was recognized as the most powerful and influential person within the captive sector by Captive Review, which ranked her #1 in its “Power 50” list-- the first woman to achieve this honor. Ellen joined Marsh in 2004 and has held numerous roles of increased responsibility within the firm. Ellen is a tri-athlete, author, film producer, and speaker for the American Heart Association. In 2010, she underwent emergency open heart surgery for a congenital disability and chronicled her recovery in the book Living Life to the Full and the film Flatline to Finish Line.

Sarah De Rocco

As Head of Industries for Marsh SpA, Sarah is responsible of developing industry-focused solutions that combine traditional brokerage activities with advisory services and dedicated products for Marsh clients in Italy.  Sarah joined Marsh in 2007 as a lenders’ advisor for project finance transactions in several industries. In 2008, she was named Head of Project Finance and in 2012 took on the role of leading Marsh Italy’s PEMA practice.  In 2013, Sarah was named Financial Institutions Industry Leader and then in 2016, she was named Head of Industries with responsibility for five industry practices: Automotive; Manufacturing & Life Science; Food, Fashion & Retail; CMT, Leisure & Entertainment; and Financial Institutions & Real Estate. Sarah also chairs WomenLab, a recently created committee dedicated to the promotion of gender diversity and inclusion at Marsh Italy. 

Catherine French

As Managing Director of Risk Management Placement, Marsh Ltd., Catherine has management responsibility for the Casualty, Property, Environmental, and Marine Placement teams in the UK. Her leadership responsibilities include client engagement, product development, and placement strategy in the complex client segment, in addition to talent management and development. Catherine joined Marsh in 2012 as a casualty broker where she specialized in the design and delivery of employers’ liability and global public and products insurance programs. As Head of Casualty Placement from 2015, her portfolio represented the largest in the London market for complex risks. She is credited for creating one of the strongest casualty placement teams within the London market; developing new products; and drafting new policy wordings. Catherine is a sports enthusiast and competitive tennis and golf player. She has been captain of her lawn tennis club for the last 10 years and recently went scuba diving with whale sharks.

A full list of the 2018 Women to Watch winners can be found HERE.