Zurich Canada announced a new organizational structure and team designed to simplify and strengthen the insurer’s go-to-market approach.

“We now have the structure in place to ramp up our support for our customers and brokers in Canada, strengthening our presence in the Canadian market,” said Saad Mered, who was named CEO of Zurich Canada in August. “We’ve also deepened our bench strength in Canada with proven leaders from Zurich and the industry.”

The Zurich Canada executive team, effective immediately, under the leadership of Mered includes the following members:

  • Jean Roy, head of Underwriting. Roy has more than 20 years of insurance industry experience and will lead this new role responsible for underwriting, risk selection, pricing, proposition development and new opportunity incubation, as well the management of the product suite offered by Zurich in Canada. He most recently held the position of chief actuary for Zurich Canada.
  • Greg Irvine, head of Specialties. Irvine will continue to lead the specialty insurance lines of businesses for Canada. He leads a team focused on delivering innovative solutions to address the challenging risks facing businesses in Canada. Prior to joining Zurich in 2012, he held various management positions within AIG’s Executive Liability division.
  • Scott Thomas, head of Risk Services. Thomas will continue in this leadership role. He leads Zurich Canada’s nationwide team, supporting their key goals to identify, assess and improve the risks Zurich customers face every day.
  • Alban Laloum, head of Marketing. Laloum has worked in the insurance industry for nearly 30 years. Prior to this new role, Laloum served as global broker relationship leader for Zurich, responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with brokers around the world.

In addition to these roles, the leadership team in Canada will also include a head of Property, head of Liability and head of Claims, to be announced at a later date. All team members are based in Toronto.

“This new structure creates agility and positions these proven leaders to meet the changing needs of our customers in Canada,” said Mered.

Source: Zurich Insurance Group

*This story appeared previously in our sister publication Insurance Journal.