AXA’s Wattez-Richard Receives 1st Geneva Association Women-in-Insurance Award

May 15, 2020

The first annual Geneva Association Women in Insurance Award has been presented to Garance Wattez-Richard, CEO of AXA Emerging Customers, for her work in tackling the insurance protection gap and protecting underserved populations in emerging markets.

Wattez-Richard founded AXA’s Emerging Customers business in 2016. It now distributes insurance to 18 million customers across Asia, Africa and Latin America by engaging over 50 public- and private-sector partners in 10 countries. Among its successes, AXA protects 500,000 entrepreneurs in Egypt, 75% of whom are women, and partners with Airtel Payment Bank in India to protect 3 million customers.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to Garance Wattez-Richard on this award which recognizes her important contributions to protecting vulnerable segments of society,” said Charles Brindamour, Geneva Association chairman, and CEO of Intact Financial.

“Her dedication to promoting inclusive insurance will have a lasting impact, empowering individual and business customers alike. Ms Wattez-Richard’s work speaks directly to The Geneva Association’s mission to highlight the contributions of insurance to societal resilience and prosperity,” he added.

“The Geneva Association Women in Insurance Award is precious recognition of the work my team and I have been doing to push the borders of insurability and make protection relevant and accessible to more segments of the world’s population,” said Wattez-Richard. “This work, sadly, will only be more needed as the COVID-19 crisis hits all countries, emerging and developed, extremely hard.”

The selection committee for the 2020 Geneva Association Women in Insurance Award comprised Brian Duperreault, CEO of AIG; Dame Inga Beale, former CEO of Lloyd’s of London, and Lucie Martel, Human Resources Director of Intact Financial.

The 2021 nomination process will open in November 2020, with applications due in February 2021.

Source: Geneva Association

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