Director, Insurance Program
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Cynthia McHale is the Director of Ceres' Insurance Program. She brings over twenty years of sector expertise working with many of the leading North American and European insurers, re-insurers and industry brokers. In her current role, Cynthia is leading a campaign to promote the insurance industry’s understanding and leadership on climate risks and opportunities. As risk managers, risk carriers and major institutional investors, insurers have a vital interest, and play an important role in fostering society’s response to global warming. Stronger insurance industry leadership on climate change issues will strengthen and accelerate our nation’s transition to a clean energy future while helping to build a resilient and sustainable society.
Before joining Ceres, Cynthia managed Accenture’s Global Insurance Industry Program. Cynthia oversaw development, management and execution of the growth strategy for the global practice. Prior to this, as a strategy management consultant at Accenture, Cynthia worked directly with sector leaders to identify new opportunities for achieving profitable growth in a highly dynamic and competitive environment for risk reduction and transfer. She began her career as a casualty underwriter at a leading global reinsurance company.
Cynthia’s other professional experience includes implementation of a micro-insurance program in East Africa and administration of a social responsibility code of conduct for U.S corporations with business operations in South Africa.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science in Management from Hult International Business School.
Recent Blog Posts
Hundreds of cities and insurers across North America were hit by extreme weather events last year, many of them made worse by climate change. Higher sea levels, elevated storm surges and record flood damages cost U.S. insurers tens of billions and taxpayers double or triple this.
An important new report released today by the independent research organization Climate Central makes clear, U.S. coastal states, especially Florida, New Jersey, Louisiana and California, are facing similar risks. Millions of people, millions of homes and businesses, and vital infrastructure are vulnerable and taxpayers and insurance companies face unprecedented exposure.