Insurance Woman of the Year

Insurance Woman of the Year

APIW, Inc. (the Association of Professional Insurance Women) announced today that Kelly Lyles, Chief Executive, Client and Country Management, AXA XL has been selected as this year’s recipient of the prestigious APIW Insurance Woman of the Year Award. A cocktail reception and award ceremony honoring Kelly will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the New York Sheraton Times Square Hotel, in conjunction with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Women in Insurance Global Conference in New York City. Register here for the full conference or the APIW reception only; APIW reception is included with the full conference registration.

In announcing this year’s award, APIW President Barbara Bufkin said, “We are delighted to present the 2019 APIW Woman of the Year award to Kelly Lyles, whose highly successful international career, leadership and commitment to supporting women make her an exemplary choice.
Through Kelly’s involvement in networks such as The Insurance Supper Club, AXA XL’s own internal networks and numerous industry forums, Kelly has the proven professionalism and integrity of a global executive while never losing her mastery of building trust and rapport with those she meets. Kelly continually demonstrates the APIW’s commitment of advancing women professionals, recognizing our members represent highly regarded decision makers and emerging top talent inclusive of primary insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries, brokers, agents and industry-related professional services. It is our privilege and honor to announce Kelly Lyles as this year’s recipient of our highest honor, the APIW Woman of the Year, as an exceptional woman who has achieved prominence in her profession and has made significant contributions to the insurance industry.”

Kelly said, in acknowledging this award, “I am humbled and delighted to be honored by the APIW. I joined the industry some thirty years ago, more than a decade after APIW was established and I have seen us developing and advancing together. We all know we have some way to go, but I am encouraged and inspired by the strides we have taken, not only as women but as an industry, sincerest thanks.”

During her career, Kelly has held a number of senior roles in financial lines underwriting and management. Between 2014 and 2018, Kelly served in several senior positions at XL and later XL Catlin including Chief Regional Officer, for Insurance and Deputy Chair of the Insurance Leadership Team, as well as Chief Executive of Global Professional Insurance operations. Before joining XL Group in 2014, Kelly served as Head of Specialty Lines for Europe, Middle East and Africa at AIG. Earlier, she served as AIG’s Country Manager in France, where she oversaw commercial and consumer business development, operations and systems, claims, finance, accounting, legal and human resources. She is a graduate of Villanova University.

“Further, with this first opportunity to celebrate the APIW Woman of the Year in conjunction with the IICF Global Women in Insurance Conference – with its focus on leadership and practical take-aways in advancing diversity and inclusion in the industry – we are certain our joint associations and philanthropic footprints will continue to raise the bar of acknowledging Women in Leadership,” observed Bufkin.

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About the Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW)
Founded in 1976, APIW is the leading organization dedicated to advancement of professional insurance women and to the recognition of their contributions to the industry. APIW sponsors programs that encourage professional development and provide opportunities for members to hone leadership skills. The group has more than 400 members who are successful professionals in the insurance industry and have a cross-section of industry skills and knowledge to share. APIW is based in New York, with networks in Chicago and Philadelphia, and developing networks Atlanta, Hartford and Miami. Learn more at, or follow us on LinkedIn.

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) is a unique nonprofit that unites the collective strengths of the insurance industry to help communities and enrich lives through grants, volunteer service and leadership. Established in 1994, IICF has served as the philanthropic foundation of the insurance industry for more than twenty-five years, contributing over $31 million in community grants along with 300,000 volunteer hours by more than 110,000 industry professionals. IICF reinvests locally where funds are raised, serving hundreds of charities and nonprofit organizations, for maximum community impact. IICF is a registered nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter and Facebook @doubleicf and on LinkedIn.

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