Zurich Canada has a new head of property. A veteran of AIG’s Lexington Insurance Company joined Sompo International Holdings Ltd. as a senior vice president. Hiscox appointed a new head of Product Innovation and Development in the U.S.


Former RSA exec Yvonne Steiner has been named head of Property for Zurich Canada. Steiner will be a member of the Zurich Canada executive team and will report to Zurich Canada CEO Saad Mered. Her first day at Zurich will be April 15.

Steiner will tasked with leading the management of a diverse set of first-party insurance portfolios, driving profitable underwriting results, developing a customer-led mindset, leading innovation and proposition evolution, and creating sustainable talent management strategies for Zurich Canada’s Property unit. She will lead a team of market-facing underwriters in commercial property, energy, construction and marine. As well, she will also work closely with other Zurich Canada executives to coordinate effective execution of portfolio management, distribution management, risk services and claims management.

Steiner comes to Zurich with nearly 20 years of diverse experience in brokerage operations, risk management and underwriting. Most recently, she was RSA’s head of Global Specialty Lines, Canada. Previously, she held positions of increasing responsibilities at Finning International and GCAN Insurance Company (formerly Gerling Global) and Swiss Re. During her 11 years at Swiss Re, Steiner worked in the international market while based in Zurich and led the property and energy team while in Canada.


Sompo International Holdings Ltd. said Steven Grippo has joined Sompo Pro as a senior vice president. where he will lead the unit’s U.S. Architects & Engineers practice.

Sompo Pro offers a broad array of primary and excess liability coverage tailored to a range of professional services classes.

Grippo brings to Sompo International nearly 30 years of experience as a professional liability underwriter serving architects, engineers, design professionals and complementary areas. He reports to Daniel Wadley, executive vice president, Sompo Pro and is based in the company’s Boston office.

Grippo joins the company from AIG’s Lexington Insurance Company, where he served as product line manager responsible for underwriting the company’s Architects & Engineers Professional Liability business in the Northeast U.S., Canada, CorRisk SME segment and National Branch Wholesale platform. He also led Lexington’s Architects & Engineers Risk Management service offerings.

Before AIG, Grippo served as Employment Practices & Fiduciary Liability Product line leader for Travelers Casualty & Surety’s Boston office and as a senior bond underwriter for Aetna Property & Casualty.


Hiscox appointed Jennifer Nierenberg Metzger as head of Product Innovation and Development in the U.S.

Metzger will be based in New York and report to Eric Micheals, Hiscox USA’s chief underwriting officer. Metzger will lead the design and construction of new insurance products and enhancements to Hiscox’s portfolio of specialty risk products and services in the U.S.

Metzger joins the international specialty insurer with over 20 years of experience in insurance and litigation. She most recently worked as a director at Nationwide in its Professional Liability and Specialty Programs underwriting group, where she was responsible for managing new program development and onboarding.

Before Nationwide, Metzger served as a senior claims counsel at CNA, where she was also the technical lead for matters involving banks and insurance companies.

Sources: Zurich Canada, Sompo International Holdings, Hiscox USA