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Inga Beale

Kirsty Young interviews Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd's of London, who chooses the eight records she would take with her to a desert island.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the business woman, Inga Beale.

She has been the CEO of Lloyd's of London since January 2014 and was the first woman to hold the post in the 325 years since the insurer was founded in 1688.

She is the middle child of a Norwegian mother and an English father and grew up in Newbury, Berkshire. Her career in insurance began in London in the early 1980s, but she tired of the predominantly male culture of the industry and left the City in 1989 to go travelling for a year. On her return she worked for the Prudential and then for GE Solutions, the insurance arm of General Electrics, where the work took her abroad.

She left GE in 2006 to turn around a failing Swiss company, before joining the Zurich Insurance Group. Her last role before joining Lloyd's as CEO in 2014 was as chief executive of Canopius, a privately held Lloyd's insurer.

In 2015, she topped a power list of the world's leading 100 LGBT executives. She is openly bisexual after coming out in 2008 and has been married to her husband since 2013.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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37 minutes

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Fri 20 May 2016 09:00

Music Played

  • Aretha Franklin


    • I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You.
    • Atlantic.
  • Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five

    Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens

    • Choo Choo Ch’Boogie.
    • ASV.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Morning Mood from Peer Gynt, Suite Nr. 1 op. 46

    Performer: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Grieg: Symphonic Dances.
    • Chandos.
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Could You Be Loved

    • Uprising.
    • Island.
  • The Waterboys

    A Man is in Love

    • Room to Roam.
    • Ensign.
  • Members of the Cast

    Don’t Stop Me Now

    • We Will Rock You.
    • Universal-Island Records Limited.

    • Miriam Makeba

      Pata Pata

      • The Best of Miriam Makeba: The Early Years.
      • Wrasse Records.
  • Gabriella Cilmi

    Sweet About Me

    • Lessons to be Learned.
    • Universal-Island Records Limited.

    The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper


    Daily supply of warm, sweet, milky tea


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Inga Beale
Producer Cathy Drysdale


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