Barbara J. Allen, CEO, Intrepid Insurance Group
Barbara has spent over 25 years as a corporate director of risk management for large multinational corporations and as a contract administrator for a large government DOD contractor, and most recently as a vice-president of Wells Fargo Insurance Services, serving as a broker for large national and multinational accounts. In 1980, she joined the Harris Government Electronic Systems division in Melbourne, FL, as a contract administrator and Small Disadvantaged Minority Business Coordinator.
Relocating to the Washington, DC area, she joined Planning Research Corporation and became the Corporate Risk Administrator. Following the sale of that firm, Barbara became the Director of Global Risk Management for DynCorp, a large multinational government and commercial aviation contractor. In 1992, she took a two year sabbatical to London, and while there performed volunteer work for CARE Great Britain. She was responsible for reviving the corporate charitable donation program, The Anglo-American Group, for American firms with offices in the UK. Charitable events which she coordinated included a Christmas choral at St. Martins-in-the-Field, a cartoon auction on the Isle of Wight, a tea for the ladies of St. Johns-in-the-Wood Women’s Club at the Houses of Parliament and an NFL-sponsored American football game featuring the winning team of the Super Bowl.
Upon returning to the US, she moved to Raleigh, NC, where she was a private risk consultant. In 1998, she joined Quintiles Transnational as their Corporate Director of Global Risk Management. Quintiles Transnational, a multi-billion dollar company with over 20,000 employees in 42 countries, is the parent company of the world’s first and largest contract research organization for pharmaceutical companies. Following a decade at Quintiles, she decided to join the insurance brokerage side of the business and was hired by Wells Fargo Insurance Services, the world’s 4th largest insurance brokerage. She was named to the four person National Life Science Practice Group as an expert advisor and the National Aviation Practice Group. Her expertise includes domestic and international insurance law and management, implementation of large risk management/insurance programs for DOD government contractors, life science companies, commercial and government aviation, electrical and civil engineering contractors, large loss and litigation claims management and settlement, domestic workers compensation directors and officers liability claim management, contract development and negotiations relating to liability/indemnification matters, large domestic and foreign fleet programs and development and implementation of unique risk transfer programs including captives. She has conducted due diligence in both large merger, acquisition and divesture activities and played instrumental roles in identifying and implementing corporate security programs for both human and physical assets.
Appointed to the Insurance and Risk Management Council of The American Management Association in 2001, she continues to serve in that role as an advisor for educational program development. Other memberships include Risk and Insurance Management Society, the Piedmont NC Chapter of RIMS, past member of International Women’s Aviation Association and International Federation of Risk Managers.
A native of the Maryland Chesapeake Bay region, she enjoys sailing, photography, collegiate football, ice hockey and aviation related activities. She is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management and member of the alumni association. She has a son, Douglas, who resides in Maryland, twin granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.