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Pauline Davoust, Winner Rising Star of the Year, FERMA Awards for Risk Excellence 2016, tells why risk management is such an appealing career.

Pauline Davoust is the Risk Manager, gategroup, Switzerland and SIRM board member. 

FERMA: How did you get into risk management?

I started my career in underwriting and client management in reinsurance and then insurance for various lines of business and discovered the role of risk manager during the risk surveys of my clients.

What drew you to risk management as a career?

I wanted to be closer to all the types of risks that a company is facing, to be able to change their nature and to find the best ways to mitigate them. The interesting part of risk management is dealing with the continuous changes of the environment which affect a company and find solutions. Receiving the first “Risk Manager Rising Star of the Year” award from FERMA confirmed for me that it was the right career choice, and it means a lot to me.

What is your education background?

I studied business administration in France, Sweden and Germany and specialised in insurance during my last year of study.

What do you think can make risk management an attractive choice of career for someone leaving university?

I believe that risk management is equally important to all the other key managerial roles in a company. In addition, it offers very good insight of the “health” of a company and provides interaction with all levels and departments. For these reasons, it makes it a very good career choice.

What do you think are the most useful skills for someone starting in the profession?

In my opinion, someone has good analytical skills, a fast understanding of risks and the ability to think outside the box, and who is solution-oriented can step into a risk management role and learn on the job. In addition you need to be able to communicate at all levels of a company, in various languages sometimes, and also to external stakeholders.

What are your career goals over the next five years?

In my vision, the role of a risk manager will be as fully integrated a process in the company’s strategy as the other key functions, and I will be dealing primarily with emerging risks. An obvious example is cyber risk which has become part of our daily risk landscape; however, the industry still has a long way to go towards full understanding.

Launch of 2017 Excellence in Risk Management Awards

Nominations are now open for the second Excellence in Risk Management Awards. These four awards are exclusive to members of FERMA associations:

  • Risk Manager of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Rising Star
  • Innovative Insurance Programme of the Year

The deadline for entries is 28 July.

The 2nd European Risk Management Awards programme will take place in London on 6 November 2017. FERMA supports the awards, made in cooperation with Commercial Risk Europe, to raise the profile of the contribution made by the risk and insurance community to the success of European organisations.

Michaël Dehert, winner of the 2016 Innovative Insurance Programme award, saw his programme tested severely on 22 March 2016 when terrorists attacked Brussels Airport. As Michaël says: “You only get to know the true meaning of policy wording, (sub-) limits and coverage during the handling of such a catastrophic claim.” Read more about his experience.

Winners of first Excellence in European Risk Management Awards


The Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) announced the winners of the Excellence in Risk Management Awards presented at a gala dinner held in Brussels on 6th December. These awards are part of the first European Risk Management Awards, organised by FERMA and Commercial Risk Europe, and honour four outstanding individuals for their achievements.

The winners are:

Risk Manager of the Year

Heljo Laukkala, Vice President, Corporate Risk Management, Metso Corporation, Finland (FinnRima)

Risk Manager Lifetime Achievement

Jana Bicanová, Risk Manager, founder and President of ASPAR CZ, Czech Republic

Rising Star of the Year

Pauline Davoust, Risk Manager, Gate Group, Switzerland (SIRM)

Innovative Insurance Programme of the Year

Michaël Dehert, Risk Manager, Brussels Airport Company, Belgium (BELRIM)

Discover our winners’quotes!

The President of FERMA Jo Willaert congratulated the Excellence in Risk Management winners, saying, “These awards showcase the role and expertise of risk managers. Putting a face on the profession gives it greater visibility and acknowledges the varied skills and experience of the individuals. In addition, these awards identify potential role models, encouraging a new generation of risk managers.”

Eight additional risk managers were highly commended in the Excellence in Risk Management awards.

Prizes were also presented for Excellence in Customer Service for service suppliers in seven categories and to two industry leaders. Jo Willaert told the winners of these awards: “We have a close relationship with our risk partners in the insurance industry and beyond. By rewarding those organisations that give excellent service and innovate, we encourage others to emulate them in the spirit of healthy competition. We look forward to continuing to work with them.”

Please click here to read Mr Jo Willaert’s opening speech at European Risk Management Awards Ceremony.

Other interesting links worth visiting:

  • Speech from guest speaker Mr Gérald Santucci, Adviser at DG CONNECT, European Commission here
  • Photo Gallery of ”European Risk Management Awards” Event in Brussels Plaza Hotel on 6th December here
  • Winners for Customer service categories here





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Typhaine Beaupérin

CEO FERMA, +32 (2) 761 94 31, typhaine.beauperin@ferma.eu

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