January 11, 2011
St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management (SRM), will
honor Joseph V. Taranto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
Everest Re Group, Ltd., as the “2010 Insurance Leader of the Year”
at its 16th Annual Insurance Leader of the Year Award Dinner.
The event will take place on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at 6 p.m.
at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Brian Duperreault,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Marsh & McLennan
Companies, Inc., will serve as Honorary Chairman of the
dinner. Proceeds of the dinner will support SRM students and
“This award recognizes an individual’s exceptional leadership
over many years or during the year of the Award,” said Brandon W.
Sweitzer, Chairman of the SRM Board of Overseers. "Joe
Taranto has been at Everest Re's helm since 1994. He has been one
of the best in the business at increasing shareholder value over
time. A true reinsurance professional, Joe has built a solid
reputation of leadership excellence that is admired and emulated by
many of his peers. He is a worthy recipient of this year's
Insurance Leader of the Year accolade.”
Dr. Ellen Thrower, Executive Director of the School of Risk
Management, also had high praise for this year’s honoree.
“During his long tenure as Chairman and CEO of Everest Re, Joe
Taranto has distinguished himself as an important voice and
exceptional leader in the global reinsurance community,” said Dr.
Thrower. “It is both a pleasure and an honor to recognize him as
the 2010 Insurance Leader of the Year.”
The Award Selection Committee is chaired by Joseph Mauriello,
Retired Deputy Chairman of KPMG LLP, and includes George Bernstein,
Esq. of The Bernstein Law Firm, P.L.L.C. (Washington, D.C.); Robert
P. Hartwig, Ph.D., President of the Insurance Information
Institute; and Peter B. Walker, Director of McKinsey & Company
The “Insurance Leader of the Year Award,” presented annually
since 1995, recognizes the contributions of outstanding individuals
whose leadership in the worldwide insurance and financial services
industry sets them apart from their peers. Last year’s
recipient was Lord Peter Levene, Chairman of Lloyd’s.
The School of Risk Management was founded in 1901 as the
Insurance Society of New York and over the years evolved into The
College of Insurance (TCI). In June 2001, TCI merged with St.
John’s University, becoming a school of The Peter J. Tobin College
of Business. Located in New York City’s downtown financial
district, SRM awards undergraduate, M.B.A., and M.S. degrees in the
insurance, risk management and actuarial science disciplines.
Through its Center for Professional Education, SRM also provides
education, training and consulting services to the industry,
governments and regulators worldwide.
A photo of Joseph V. Taranto is available upon
For more information or to attend the dinner, please contact
Maureen Furlong-Weber of St. John’s University’s School of Risk
Management by calling 212-277-5111.
Interested media representatives can contact Dominic Scianna,
Assistant Vice President for Media Relations at St. John’s
University, by calling (718) 990-6185 or e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.