WGA’s Leavitt to lead Risk Management and Sharkey ExecutiveRisk



William Gallagher Associates (WGA) announces that Principal Rich Leavitt will lead the firm’s Risk Management Practice and will be responsible for developing a renewed strategy to attract and retain clients with risk managers and with large, complex risks and needs.

“Given the increasingly dynamic environment in which our clients operate, it is imperative that we continue to provide them with greater expertise and experience in the realm of risk management,” said Phil Edmundson, Chairman and CEO of WGA. “Our Risk Management team will benefit from Rich’s commitment to excellence, his leadership and innate ability to channel WGA’s valuable resources.”

Mr. Leavitt has over 25 years of insurance experience and is an honors graduate of Williams College. Mr. Leavitt is the former Leader of WGA’s ExecutiveRisk Practice, stepping into this role will be Senior Vice President Jennifer Sharkey.

Ms. Sharkey joined the firm in 2004 and has 22 years of insurance brokerage experience within the areas of Directors’ & Officers’ Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability, Fidelity and Kidnap & Ransom. She is now responsible for the strategic and tactical leadership of this critical area of risk for WGA clients.

“Rich’s leadership of ExecutiveRisk at WGA over many years has brought us to an industry-leading position, and Jennifer has been an important contributor to that WGA success from her first day here,” commented Edmundson. “I am confident that she will bring us to new heights of expertise and client service.”

Ms. Sharkey was formerly at Willis before joining WGA in 2004, where she was the New England Regional Practice Leader for executive risk accounts. Ms. Sharkey has a B.A. from New England College.

William Gallagher Associates (WGA) is a leading provider of insurance brokerage, risk management and employee benefit services to companies with complex risks and dynamic needs, within industries that include life sciences, technology, financial risks, healthcare, energy, clean tech and environmental services. The firm was founded in 1983 and is one of the country’s leading independent brokerage firms, with offices in Boston, MA; New York, NY; Hartford, CT; Princeton, NJ Columbia, MD; and Atlanta, GA.

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Susan Forbes
Marketing Director and Senior Vice President
William Gallagher Associates
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Boston, MA 02210
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Direct 617.646.0282