Crawford & Company, the world’s largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management and outsourcing services to carriers, brokers and corporations, has announced that Marie Velez (pictured above), vice president of finance at Crawford & Company in Latin America, has been named Woman of the Year at the Stevie International Business Awards.
All individuals and organisations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations for the awards. The 2021 International Business Awards received entries from organisations in 63 countries and territories. The Women of the Year category recognises the most highly accomplished women leaders from a variety of different industries.
“I am honoured, not only to receive this esteemed award, but also to be recognised alongside so many accomplished women leaders,” Velez said. “Organisations as a whole are stronger because of the contributions of women, and I am proud to work for an organisation that is committed to fostering a safe and inclusive environment where employees’ unique perspectives and experience are heard and valued.”
Velez has more than three decades of experience, with expertise in accounting, finance and business strategy that has enabled her to lead some of the world’s largest publicly traded companies, Crawford said. She is also an advocate and mentor for women in finance. Since joining Crawford in 2013, Velez’s financial leadership has contributed to the success of Crawford Latin America, which is now the largest claims management company in the region.
“Marie is a valuable asset to the Crawford team, and I am delighted that her inspirational leadership has been recognised with this distinguished accolade,” said Rohit Verma, CEO of Crawford. “I believe empowered women leaders are crucial to delivering streamlines, innovative solutions to our industry and to achieving Crawford’s purpose to restore and enhance lives, businesses and communities across the globe. I hope that Marie’s accomplishments inspire the next generation of women to seek opportunities in the insurance industry.”