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Five CSAA Insurance Group “Rising Stars” Join 2023 Class of Emerging Leaders

February conference to recognize growing talent in the insurance industry


WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Feb. 5, 2023 – Five leaders from CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer, are among the 144 insurance professionals from across a broad spectrum of the industry named to the 2023 Class of Emerging Leaders. The class will be honored at this year’s Emerging Leaders Conference on February 5-7 in Charleston, South Carolina.


The conference, hosted by the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), the Insurance Careers Movement (ICM) and AM Best, is designed to bring together and recognize talented and diverse rising stars in the insurance industry. The highly competitive program includes a vibrant event that provides insights to executive leadership, unique networking opportunities, and a focus on professional as well as personal development.

CSAA Insurance Group’s 2023 Emerging Leaders are:


  • Kristine Le Du (Director, Western State Product) 
  • Durrana Nejat (Director, Demand Generation Marketing)
  • Kyra Peyton (Senior Manager, Innovation)
  • Allison Torain (Senior Manager, Homeowner Claims)
  • Esayas Wureta (Head of Inclusion, Belonging, and Community Impact)


“We’re proud that Allison, Esayas, Durrana, Kristine and Kyra are recognized among this year’s list of remarkable honorees,” said Melissa Jones, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at CSAA Insurance Group. “Each of these outstanding employees has consistently inspired and empowered those around them, helped to shape our internal culture, and championed our commitment to serving our communities.”

This 2023 Emerging Leaders Conference features a dynamic line-up of speakers that will provide insights on industry trends, best practices, leadership, soft skills, and innovation. The conference will also feature a new philanthropy program emphasizing the benefit and importance of recruiting military veterans into the insurance field. As a demonstration of its commitment and investment in rising stars in the industry, CSAA Insurance Group is one of 80 sponsors for this year’s event.


"The 2023 Emerging Leaders Conference brings together many of the insurance industry's best and brightest leaders during a transformative era," said David A. Sampson, president and CEO of APCIA. "The 2023 class of Emerging Leaders is another remarkable group of professionals who will continue to help lead the industry now and in years to come."


More information about the 2023 Emerging Leaders Conference is available on the event site.


About CSAA Insurance Group

CSAA Insurance Group offers AAA-branded automobile, homeowners and other personal lines of insurance to AAA Members through AAA clubs in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 1914, the company has been rated “A” or better by AM Best for more than 90 years, and is one of the top personal lines property casualty insurance groups in the United States, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The company has been repeatedly named one of the 50 most community-minded companies in America by Points of Light. More information is available at http://csaa-insurance.aaa.com and on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram).