Being a litigator was never Susan Comparato’s dream.
“I liked the idea of being in a business and helping a business run day to day and deliver results,” she says. “That’s what brought me to law school.”
Comparato dove deep into transactional law in finance and securitization before working as in-house counsel for the company she would go on to lead as CEO. Now Argo’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations, she leads the Argo Programs business, Argo Transportation and Alternative Risk Solutions.
Combining a talent for business and the law
Comparato started out as a transactional lawyer before moving into a general, in-house counsel position with financial guarantee insurer Syncora Holdings Ltd., where she rose to CEO halfway through her 16-year tenure. Comparato joined Argo in 2018 as Senior Vice President and U.S. General Counsel, and took on her current role in June 2020.
She calls her tenure as general counsel “a great steppingstone to a business operations role.”
“I touched so many different areas of the company, and it gave me such a broad view of what is going on in the organization,” she says. “Some days you are speaking with a business unit that has an issue with a counterparty, and then you may be talking with internal audit about something that came up there, or you have an employee matter and need to address that.”
As part of Argo’s new leadership team, Comparato is enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead.
“I think we have a solid foundation for growth and a great team of people,” she says. “I am looking forward to helping the business get to the next level, to be more profitable, improve our results and grow.”
New to insurance? Ask questions and read – a lot
Comparato recalls being overwhelmed early in her career by how much there was to learn in the insurance industry, from products and distribution to relationships and back-office functions. Her recipe for facing the challenge? Reading extensively and asking a lot of questions.
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