She joins a nine-strong board at Crawford & Co with three female directors 

Former Lloyd’s chief executive Dame Inga Beale has been appointed as an independent director at Crawford & Co.

She became the first female chief executive in the global insurance and re-insurance market’s 325-year history.

The addition of Beale now means Crawford has three female directors on its nine-strong board.

Beale was previously chief executive at Lloyd’s of London – holding the post for five years before stepping down in 2018.

Harsha V. Agadi, president and chief executive at Crawford, said: “Inga brings an array of international insurance carrier experience that will positively impact Crawford strategy going forward.

“She will provide insights, counsel and perspectives that will complement those of the existing board members and from which Crawford will benefit. I look forward to partnering with Inga as we continue to deliver on our mission of restoring and enhancing lives, business and communities across the globe.”

Beale began her career at Prudential Assurance Company in London and is a trained underwriter specialising in international treaty reinsurance.

She worked for General Electric’s insurance division for 14 years where she held numerous management role, including leadership roles in Kansas City, Paris and Munich.

She has also worked for Converium – a Swiss reinsurer where she spearheaded a company turn around.

2008 saw her join Zurich Insurance Group as a member of their Group Management Board, the following year she was named global chief underwriting officer.

From 2012-2013 she was the group chief executive at the privately held Lloyd’s insurer Canopius.

Beale is a Chartered Insurer, she studied economics and accounting at Newbury College and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the economy.