Maria Parry, Austcover (Australia)
Job title: CEO
As one of the few insurance executives to have climbed the full length of the corporate ladder within the same company, Maria Parry has truly seen it all during her 32 years at Austcover. Since joining the firm as an office junior and receptionist, Parry has steadily risen through the ranks, gaining experience across the entire organisation before stepping into the top job in 2016. During that time, she’s also picked up a string of professional accolades – including the coveted Broker of the Year Award at the Insurance Business Awards – and is living testament to the career opportunities insurance can provide for driven and determined individuals. Parry describes herself as a “highly motivated individual who is able to communicate confidently, clearly and expressively”. She has the “ability to keep a level head at all times, evaluate opportunities and risks and also deliver innovative new solutions to challenges”.