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Zurich merges North American units

May 26, 2017

Zurich is combining its specialty products and commercial insurance businesses in North America as it continues to “simplify and strengthen” its operations.

The expanded unit will fall under the leadership of Paul Horgan, current head of North America commercial insurance.

Horgan will continue to report to Zurich North America CEO Mike Foley and James Shea, Zurich’s chief executive for commercial insurance globally.

Zurich said that new simpler, combined structure will provide “easier access” to its products and services and will create “greater consistency” in its go-to-market approach across North America and its global network.

We are confident this structure will help us become more agile, more collaborative, and more customer-focused,” remarked Horgan.

Concurrently, the company also announced that it had appointed Brian Winters as head of specialty products for Zurich North America, reporting to Hagan.

Winters was most recently responsible for managing relationships with Zurich’s largest customers and brokers in his role as head of customer and distribution management for North America.

The latest restructure follows Zurich’s decision to merge its commercial markets and global corporate businesses In North America last November.