Patrick G. Ryan

Ryan Specialty Group/World Sport Chicago
Company executive
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Business, Corporate, and Philanthropic Leadership

Patrick G. Ryan formed Ryan Specialty Group, LLC (RSG) in 2010 and founded an insurance agency of five persons in 1965 which grew to become a global leader in risk management and insurance, with over 500 offices in 120 countries.  RSG is an international holding company specializing in wholesale brokerage, insurance underwriting managers and other specialty services to brokers, agents, and insurers. Prior to launching RSG, Mr. Ryan founded Aon Corporation and served as its Chairman and CEO for 41 years. Ryan also chairs the Board of Trustees at Northwestern University and serves as chair and CEO of the Chicago 2016 Olympic Evaluation Committee. With his wife Shirley, they founded the Pathways Awareness Foundation to serve the needs of children and young people with physical movement difficulties. 

Mr. Ryan has received a number of accolades throughout his career. In 1987, Mr. Ryan received the esteemed Horatio Alger Award which honors those who are dedicated to the principles of integrity, hard work, perseverance and compassion for others. Also in 2008, he was elected to the International Insurance Society Hall of Fame and received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named by Brigham Young University International Executive of the Year for Corporate Integrity. Other career tributes include Insurance Leader of the Year, College of Insurance, and the Insurance Federation of New York’s Free Enterprise Award.

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