Joan Lamm-Tennant is a global entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in building, operating, advising and governing business with a proven track record in synthesizing strategy and innovation with result-focused execution.
Joan is the chair of the boards of directors of Equitable Holdings, Inc. and AllianceBernstein Holdings LP. She also serves as an independent director on the boards of Element Fleet Management Corp., Ambac Financial Group, Inc. and The Institutes. In addition to her work in corporate governance, Joan is a senior advisor to Helios Investment Partners, a U.K. emerging market focused private equity firm providing financial and risk capital to socially responsible businesses throughout Africa. She is a senior advisor to Brewer Lane Ventures, an early-stage venture fund, and Tenney 110, a division of American Family Insurance that builds, buys and incubates fintechs/insurtechs. Joan is the executive expert on resilience and sustainability for the International Insurance Society and author/commentator on environment, social and governance (ESG) matters.
Joan was the founder of Blue Marble Microinsurance Ltd. and served as its chief executive officer from 2016 to 2020. Blue Marble develops solutions and technology platforms enabling socially impactful, commercially viable insurance protection for the underserved in emerging markets. From 2007 to 2016, Joan was the global chief economist and risk strategist of Guy Carpenter, the reinsurance and risk advisory operating company of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc, and held an interim assignment at Marsh McLennan as head of enterprise risk. After being awarded a sabbatical from an academic career in 1999, Joan joined General Reinsurance and was the founding president of GenRe Capital Consultants where she served until 2007.
In addition to her roles in governance, entrepreneurship and business, Joan was an adjunct professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2016 and held the Laurence and Susan Hirsch Chair in International Business. She was a tenured professor at Villanova from 1989 to 2000 and was awarded the Thomas Labrecque Chair Professorship in Business in 1999.
Joan holds a PhD in finance and investments from the University of Texas, Austin, an MBA in finance from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas and a BBBA with honors in accounting from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.