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Woodruff Sawyer Expands Its Board of Directors

Woodruff Sawyer announced today two additions to its board of directors effective immediately. Expanding from eight to ten members, the company’s board now includes Priya Cherian Huskins and Christopher Kakel, both of whom are partners/shareholders in the company.

“Priya and Chis have been vital contributors to the sophisticated risk needs of our clients and are highly regarded as experts in governance and risk financing, respectively,” said Chairman Stan Loar. “Their addition to the board supports our firm’s culture of strong growth—14% in 2015—and continued expansion in our client verticals and geographic footprint.”

CEO Charlie Rosson added, “Priya brings to the board her deep expertise as a corporate securities attorney and an independent board member of an S&P 500 company. Likewise, Chris’ strategic and analytical acuity as well as his expertise in financial analysis will be critical as we continue to invest in the growth of our colleagues and organization.

Priya and Chris also represent our staunch commitment to remaining independent and our deliberate approach to developing new generations of senior leadership internally. Their addition aligns extremely well with our long-term perpetuation plans.”

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About Priya Cherian Huskins, Esq.

Priya has been with Woodruff Sawyer for 13 years and consults with clients on directors & officers liability insurance, corporate governance, and risk mitigation. She works with public and private companies through all stages, including IPOs and M&A transactions. Priya is a frequent speaker on D&O issues and a guest lecturer at Stanford’s Directors’ College, among others. She’s on the board of an S&P 500 company and a FinTech start-up. She’s also on the board of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX) and the advisory board of the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance. Formerly with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Priya has a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Harvard University and a juris doctorate with honors from the Law School at the University of Chicago.

About Christopher Kakel

Chris joined Woodruff Sawyer in 2014 and is a founding partner of the firm’s Colorado office. As Casualty Practice Leader, he engages with the firm’s largest and most complex clients to provide strategic casualty advice, insurance and risk financing options, analytics to support insurance decisions, and direct advocacy in the marketplace. Chris has been working on complex domestic and multinational risks as a casualty broker since 2000, serving in senior vice president roles with Marsh in Denver and New York prior to joining Woodruff Sawyer. He has twice been named a “Power Broker” by Risk and Insurance magazine. Chris has a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Duke University and an MBA with honors from New York University – Stern School of Business with a focus in finance and management.