Crowning Moment: British-born Mary O’Donnell First Woman From Underwriter Ranks to Serve as ALTA President

January 7, 2020

Margaret Thatcher served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. Her uncompromising politics and leadership style earned her nickname “The Iron Lady.” Growing up in Liverpool, England, Mary O’Donnell dreamed of rising to similar heights. “I wanted to be the first British female prime minister, but Margaret Thatcher beat me to it,” O’Donnell joked. Instead, O’Donnell blazed her own path on this side of the pond. In October, she became the first woman out of the Underwriters’ Executive Section to be named president of ALTA. Read on to learn more about ALTA's president.

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