Ryan Specialty Hires Sara Kendall as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer

April 20, 2023 | CHICAGO, IL
– Ryan Specialty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RYAN) (“Ryan Specialty”), a leading international specialty insurance firm, is pleased to announce that Sara Kendall has joined Ryan Specialty as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer. Sara will support and assist with managing the firm’s global strategic initiatives on ethics, compliance, privacy and risk management. She will be integral in driving compliance initiatives, as well as ensuring continuous implementation and enhancement of Ryan Specialty’s global regulatory and compliance program. Sara’s primary focus is to lead the Regulatory & Compliance division’s monitoring, testing and risk assessments activities.

Sara joins Ryan Specialty with more than 25 years of insurance industry experience in compliance, risk management, underwriting, sales and claims. Prior to Ryan Specialty, Sara was with Markel Corporation, a global specialty insurance carrier where she served as the Director, Claims Compliance. Prior to Markel, Sara served as Vice President, Claims Compliance for Chubb Insurance Group. In both roles, Sara provided strategic leadership to teams responsible for developing, implementing, and enhancing regulatory and compliance programs. Sara holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, has a Master of Studies in Law, Corporate Compliance from Fordham University School of Law, and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Commenting on Sara’s role, Michael Blackshear, Ryan Specialty Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer, said, “Sara brings a combination of practical experience of industry knowledge, compliance skillset, and insurance business operational experience. This background will be critical with assisting Ryan Specialty in operationalizing compliance standards across the enterprise and will help mitigate complex compliance and regulatory issues. I am excited that Sara has joined the Ryan Specialty family and look forward to our work together.”

Sara can be reached at or 312-767-6422.


About Ryan Specialty

Founded in 2010, Ryan Specialty (NYSE: RYAN) is a service provider of specialty products and solutions for insurance brokers, agents and carriers. Ryan Specialty provides distribution, underwriting, product development, administration and risk management services by acting as a wholesale broker and a managing underwriter with delegated authority from insurance carriers. Our mission is to provide industry-leading innovative specialty insurance solutions for insurance brokers, agents and carriers. Learn more at

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