Introduction

Now in its third year, the 2005 Post Power List is the result of deliberation between members of the...

Now in its third year, the 2005 Post Power List is the result of deliberation between members of the Post Magazine editorial team and a varied group of market insiders.

It is not a scientific list based on how much business each person helps write, how many staff they employ, how many companies they have bought or even how many season tickets at Chelsea they own. Instead, people have been judged on their character, the respect they command from their UK peers, and whether they are doers, thinkers or bearers of false promises.

The past 12 months have certainly seen some interesting developments, which have led to some high-profile new entrants, as well as some significant casualties. No one last year could have envisaged, for example, the impact New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer would have on the UK insurance market; nor that the likes of former Association of British Insurers general insurance head John Parker and JLT ex-chief executive Steve McGill would leave for pastures new.

As with all these countdowns - and we are becoming a nation obsessed with lists, given the proliferation of TV programmes dedicated to such things - there will be those of you who disagree with people mentioned, where they are ranked or those who have been ignored. We welcome feedback and look forward to taking it into account when compiling the 2006 Power List ([email protected]).

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