Karen is a strategic advisor specializing in all aspects of innovation strategy and execution. She has developed unique, pragmatic and proven methodologies for growth strategies, innovation and product/platform development often in challenging market conditions.
Currently, Karen is on an intensive advisory assignment to the CEO and leadership team of the world’s largest international underwriting agency, focusing on expansion, strategic alliances, product innovation, distribution, team transformation and engagement.
For the previous three years, Karen was a consultant to the W.R. Berkley leadership team designing and executing strategic projects including: product innovation and service proposition development; brand positioning; organizational redesign; customer-centricity and distribution management. She focused particularly on CEO/President leadership skills.
Formerly Chief Innovation Officer at AIG, Karen has also held the roles of International Underwriting Counsel and Head of Product and Service Development and SVP for Southern Europe for Chubb. She was appointed European General Counsel for Kimberly Clark, a Fortune 500 company following a period of private practice as an M&A/tax lawyer.
Karen has over 25 years’ experience in law, management, underwriting and multinational business. She is a frequent speaker and writer on innovation and leadership at global forums. Karen is a Senior Fellow of The Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations.
Karen has served as adjunct professor at Fordham University in New York teaching innovation and customer-centricity as part of the MBA program. She has been a visiting lecturer at universities in France and Spain including IESE, voted the world’s foremost executive MBA program. She served on the Advisory Board of The Howe School of Business at The Stevens Institute of Technology. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of The University of Colorado, The World BPO/ITO Forum and Insurance Times Innovation 2016.