As I was sitting in the doctorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s waiting room the other day leafing through the latest issue of Fortune magazine, I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help but notice FortuneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 40 under 40.
This annual ranking highlights the hottest young stars in business across the globe. Think technology Ã¢â‚¬“ FacebookÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mark Zuckerberg tops the list, while TwitterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jack Dorsey is ranked eighth Ã¢â‚¬“ movies, music, athletic wear, oh, and finance.
Coming in at number 10 and leaping off the page to this insurance blogger is 34-year-old Sid Sankaran, chief risk officer at AIG.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what Fortune has to say:
The financial crisis proved that AIG had no clothes Ã¢â‚¬“ or at least no controls. Now it’s up to Sankaran, a Canadian math hotshot (his degree from the University of Waterloo was in actuarial sciences) and former partner at consultancy Oliver Wyman, to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Sankaran declined AIG at first; today, as chief risk officer, he oversees the billions flowing among disparate insurance operations and reports to CEO Robert Benmosche if something suspicious rears its head.Ã¢â‚¬
Just being mentioned in the same breath as Facebook and Twitter is impressive, and it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hurt to raise the insurance industryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coolness factor a notch.
So hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a shout out and congrats to FortuneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s number 10 under 40.