Fortune Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Admired Companies only includes one insurer, Berkshire Hathaway, at No. 7. However, the news outlet ranked insurers separately in their own categories: “Property and Casualty,” “Life and Health” and “Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care.”

For this “definitive report card on corporate reputations,” Fortune partnered with researcher Hay Group.  After selecting approximately 1,400 companies — the Fortune 1,000, non-U.S. companies in Fortune's Global 500, and the top foreign companies operating in the United States — Hay sorted the companies by industry and selected the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry, totaling 698 companies. To create the 58 industry lists, Hay asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria:
innovation, people management, use of assets, social responsibility, management quality, financial soundness, long-term investment, product quality and global competitiveness. A company's score must rank in the top half of its industry survey.

From a list of companies that ranked in the top 25% in last year's surveys and those that finished in the top 20% of their industry, 3,855 executives, directors and securities analysts were asked to select the 10 companies they admired most.

Results are as follows:

Insurance:

Property and Casualty:

Berkshire Hathaway

Zurich Financial Services

Travelers Cos.

Munich Re Group

Allianz

Tokio Marine Holdings

State Farm Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

Hartford Financial Services Group

Nationwide

Allstate

MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings

Mapfre Group

American International Group

People's Insurance Co. of China

 

Life and Health:

Prudential Financial

Aflac

New York Life

Northwestern Mutual

TIAA-CREF

MetLife

AXA

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance

Prudential plc

Aegon

Nippon Life Insurance

Cathay Life Insurance

Manulife Financial

Legal & General Group

China Life Insurance

 

Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care:

UnitedHealth Group

Aetna

Humana

WellPoint

Cigna

Amerigroup

Health Net

Coventry Health Care

WellCare Health Plans

Universal American

— Carrie Burns is editor-in-chief of Insurance Networking News, a SourceMedia publication.

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