Joan Lamm-Tennant

Joan Lamm-Tennant

Joan Lamm-Tennant is the CEO of Blue Marble Microinsurance, a corporation formed by a consortium of eight insurance entities for the purpose of developing service ventures enabling the insurers to enter the microinsurance market. Previously, Lamm-Tennant was the global chief economist and risk strategist of Guy Carpenter & Company, the reinsurance and risk advisory operating company of Marsh & McLennan Companies, where she served as an advisor to C-Suite executives and board members of Guy Carpenter’s most significant clients. Her expertise includes emerging market strategy, enterprise risk modeling, implementation of risk-based decision processes and high value strategies resulting in capital efficiencies and profitable growth. In 2009, Lamm-Tennant served as a risk strategist for Marsh & McLennan and formalized the enterprise wide risk oversight function.

Prior to joining Guy Carpenter in 2007, Lamm-Tennant was the founding president of General Reinsurance Capital Consultants (GRCC). Prior to her executive positions in industry, Lamm-Tennant had a successful academic career. As a tenured scholar, she was a prolific author in academic and business journals and recipient of numerous awards for innovations in risk and capital management. She is an adjunct professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and held the Laurence and Susan Hirsch chair in international business.

Lame-Tennant has extensive experience on public and professional boards. She currently serves on the board of Hamilton Insurance Group and Element Financial Corporation as well as the International Insurance Society. She served on the board of Selective Insurance Group from 1994 to 2015 and Ivans (an insurance technology provider) from 2001 to 2013. She was instrumental in the sale of Ivans to Ability, a portfolio company of Bain Capital. Other board experience includes Turner Investment Advisors and Focus Trust Fund, American Risk and Insurance, and Financial Analyst Society.

Lame-Tennant is the recipient of the 2013 APIW Insurance Woman of the Year and the 2012 International Insurance Society Kenneth Black Award for service and commitment to the advancement of the global industry. She holds a Ph.D. in finance and investments from the University of Texas, Austin; an M.B.A. in finance from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas and a B.B.A. with Honors in accounting from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.

Recent Articles by Joan Lamm-Tennant

Blue Marble Sets Its First Venture

Blue Marble Microinsurance, a consortium of eight companies established in 2015 with the aim of creating a market for microinsurance, is launching our first venture in Zimbabwe. While Blue Marble will initially pilot the venture in Zimbabwe to gain insights into how to make the insurance solution sustainable and impactful, we ultimately plan to scale […]

Blue Marble: Building a New Business Model

As with many modern businesses, Blue Marble Microinsurance began with a question-the same question entrepreneurs and innovators ask themselves every day: What can we do differently that will eliminate inefficiencies and redirect resources to a more value-accretive cause? The underlying mission of Blue Marble is tied to the recognition that insurance is important to economic […]

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