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Diane Coogan-Pushner, PhD, CFA
Diane Coogan-Pushner is a risk management professional who was most recently the Chief Risk Officer of the Navigators Group. She received her PhD from Boston University and began her career at the World Bank. Diane then worked in finance and strategy at AT&T before moving to PricewaterhouseCoopers to originate and manage corporate finance and risk management engagements for financial institutions. She spent a number of years at Swiss Re and was Managing Director, responsible for structured reinsurance transactions. Diane was a portfolio manager for a hedge fund and for a private equity fund both dedicated to financial services. During the financial crisis, Diane founded the Risk Management program for the City University of New York at Queens College, where she was Director, Associate Dean, and a full-time faculty member. She has served on Standard & Poor’s Insurance Advisory Council and on the board of a privately held insurance company. Diane is an invited speaker at industry and academic conferences, provides investment and risk management services to institutional investors, and is currently a consultant with G58 Capital. She has published on topics of risk and investment performance, including the Handbook of Credit Risk Management, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Schools Attended:
Ph.D., Economics, Boston University. CFA


The Handbook of Credit Risk Management, co-authored with Sylvain Bouteille, John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Risk and Return of Industrial Development Bonds,” Municipal Finance Journal, forthcoming, Spring, 2016.

“The Performance of Active Management of Institutional Credit Funds” Conference Proceedings, 5th FSI Symposium, St. John’s University, 2010.  

“Performance of European Focused Mutual Funds,” American Business Review, with G. Pushner, and R. Rainish, 2001.

“Pacific Basin Mutual Fund Performance” with G. Pushner, in Advances in Pacific Basin Finance, 1998.


Loss Reserving Errors and Persistence of Shocks in Insurance Profits, Ph.D. dissertation, 1991.

Other Papers and Articles:

The Threat of Losing the AAA is Self-Fulfilling,” 2011, Finance Professional’s Post, NYSSA.

“Managing for Value in Insurance Companies,” 1998, with P. Licht & B. Lynch, Price Waterhouse White Paper Series, Price Waterhouse, LLP.  

Break With Tradition - Manage For Value.” with Peter Licht and Brian Lynch, National Underwriter / Life & Health Financial Services. July 20 1998, Vol. 102 Issue 29, p21.

Break With Tradition - Manage For Value.” with Peter Licht and Brian Lynch, National Underwriter / Property & Casualty Risk & Benefits Management. September 1998, Vol. 102 Issue 36, p67.

“Adjustment Lending Conditionality and Implementation Data: An Analytical Guide,” 1990, with H. Hettige, The World Bank Working Paper Series No. 28. 

Selected Press Coverage:

“Econ experts warn against fear over stock market woes,” AM New York, August 24, 2015.

“Boro pre-foreclosures approach record high” Times Ledger, October 11, 2012.

“Fear keeps many buyers in market.” Business Insurance, June 11, 2007, Vol. 41(24), p.14.

Largest P/C insurers post profitable quarter; Despite pricing pressures, combined net income up 24.1.” Business Insurance, June 4, 2007.

Reinsurers report strong results, but prices expected to fall in 2007; Low losses last year means more capacity for buyers this year.” Business Insurance, April 2, 2007.

Reinsurance vehicles differ in design, but all provide form of risk transfer; No single product dominates industry's menu of alternatives.” Business Insurance, November 6, 2006.

P-C Insurers Still In M&A Slump.” National Underwriter Property & Casualty-Risk & Benefits Management Edition, April 18, 2001.

Buyout Firm Calls Nonlife Insurers A Good Buy in Tech-Heavy Market.” Best's Review, September 1, 2000.

Buyout Firm Sees Good Value in Nonlife Insurers.” Bestwire, July 21, 2000.

Movers” Investment News, January 31, 2000

Diane Coogan-Pushner, PhD, CFA


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