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Introduction - A career you can get your teeth into

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The insurance industry may have a grey and staid image, but nothing could be further from the truth

As editor of Post, and previously as reporter and news editor, I have written about the market for almost nine years.

During that time I have met some of the most dynamic, forward- thinking and interesting business people in the UK and from further afield. True, when I entered journalism I would never have considered myself becoming an advocate for the insurance market, but that has changed as it has gradually got under my skin and I have met those who make it tick on a day-to-day basis.

And, while very few insurance company employees admit to having dreamed of a career in insurance since they were a child - none have lived to regret it - as the testimonies published here from a large and varied group of insurance bosses prove (see pages 8-23).

Among those featured are Axa Art chief executive Annabel Fell-Clark, who fancied being a stuntwoman, and Farmweb chief executive Elaine Pyke, a classically trained ballet dancer, both of whom now revel in the challenges the market throws up.

Insurance used to have an image as the industry you would go into if you failed to forge a career in the City as an accountant or in banking, but that is no longer the case. Indeed, insurance is now filled with chief executive officers and managing directors who have turned their backs on these industries, and others, having seen the fantastic prospects and potential that insurance offers.

Again, looking at some of the people featured in this supplement, Hiscox UK managing director Steve Langan spent twenty years in the fast moving consumer goods industry, most recently at Diageo; Royal and Sun Alliance UK chief executive Brigette McIntyre started out in accountancy and Allianz claims director Jon Dye studied law. All are now making significant waves in insurance and are great adverts for what a fulfilling career it can be.

So, if you are reading this thinking 'why should I join such a grey and staid market?', read on and prepare to have your preconceptions shattered.

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