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After decades working in the business on which he has left such a monumental mark, Pat Ryan still loves what he does—and excels at it because he is ever mindful of the impact his efforts, in insurance or otherwise, will have on others.

“The insurance industry is very dynamic; the business is changing all the time,” Ryan tells NU. “It’s so fragmented, so global, so multidimensional that it allows for people to develop creative solutions to current and anticipated problems that allow [your company] to be differentiated.”

Exercising that ability for identifying and solving insurance needs was one of the keys to Ryan’s success in engineering the growth of Aon from a startup in Chicago to one of the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance brokerages—a multinational powerhouse that operates in 120 countries, has 61,000 employees and registered $11.3 billion in revenue in 2011.

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Shawn Moynihan

Shawn Moynihan is Editor-in-Chief of National Underwriter Property & Casualty. A St. John’s University alum, Moynihan has earned 11 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the Pulitzers of the business press; seven Azbee Awards, from the American Society of Business Press Editors; two Folio Awards; and a SABEW award, from the Society of American Business Editors & Writers. Prior to joining ALM, he served as Managing Editor/Online Editor of journalism institution Editor & Publisher, the trade bible of the newspaper industry. Moynihan also has held editorial positions with AOL, Metro New York, and Newhouse Newspapers. He can be reached at [email protected]

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