RIMS Honors Jorge Luzzi. (Details)

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RIMS Honors Jorge Luzzi. (Details)


Nickson, Stephen, Risk Management


When I first tried to call Jorge Luzzi--this year's winner of the Risk and Insurance Management Society's Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award--in his office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I could not get through. So, I called him on his cell phone, and he offered to call me back. Although our connection was fuzzy, when we started talking, the static faded into clarity. I could hear the warmth in his voice as he sat in what I imagined to be his sunlit office. He is soft-spoken and gentle, and though effusive after he takes hold of an idea and molds it into careful English, he paused before answering each question as if every word needed careful consideration and thoughtful diplomacy.

A Global Beginning

Born in Buenos Aires in 1954 of Italian immigrant parents, Luzzi embodies the practices of the Old World and the fresh spirit of the New. He received his bachelor of arts in literature and earned his degree in business administration. He slips easily from Italian to Spanish to Portuguese, "more or less English," and a heavy smattering of German and French. He has both Argentine and Italian passports, and he enjoys Swiss nationality through his wife.

Like his linguistic skills, his list of work sites reads like a geography primer: Argentina, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and now Brazil. He is currently based in Sao Paulo as the director of risk management for Latin America for Milan, Italy-based Pirrelli, an Italian conglomerate that produces tire cable and has its hand in real estate and telephone companies around the world.

Entering Risk Management

"I think that many people say this, but I truly believe it," Luzzi says. "The thing about risk management is that there is always something interesting, always something exciting, always something that will challenge you to think in a different way."

Perhaps this is what has kept his interest in the field as he moved from being an insurance broker and consultant in Argentina for the superintendents of insurance, to being an insurance manager for a Swiss chemical company, to settling with his current employer in 1986. …

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