Zurich North America appointed its first-ever Head of Casualty, filling the position with a rising executive within its ranks. Verisk hired a new Chief Human Resources Officers, someone who has served as an executive in the field at various companies over the years.
Zurich North America appointed Kelly Kinzer to the newly created role of Head of Casualty. The announcement reflects a broader realignment of Zurich’s Construction business into two segments, Property and Casualty, to simplify and enhance how it goes to market and serves project owners, developers, contractors and subcontractors.
Kinzer, who rejoined Zurich in 2019, will lead national Construction Casualty efforts, working closely with key brokers and agents to design, develop and deliver innovative and comprehensive third-party risk transfer products and services, much as she did in her prior role as Zurich’s Head of Construction Property. Kinzer will continue to report to Head of Construction Karen Reutter.
Kinzer has held diverse roles in construction risk management, including on the broker side. Before rejoining Zurich, she worked at Willis Towers Watson, culminating in her role as North America Head of Construction Broking. She previously worked at Marsh & McLennan, Allianz and, in her first role out of college, at Zurich for seven years.
Kinzer’s successor as Head of Construction Property will be named later.
Verisk, a global data analytics provider with many insurance customers, named Sunita Holzer its new executive vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer.
Holzer, a 30-year veteran of the HR field, will oversee Verisk’s global human resources operations and strategy.
Holzer’s HR leadership experience spans several industries, including those served by Verisk. Recently, Holzer served as executive vice president and CHRO of Realogy. Before that, she was executive vice president and CHRO for Computer Sciences Corporation (now DXC Technology). She has also served as CHRO for Chubb Insurance and chief diversity officer at American Express.
She currently serves on the board of directors for South Jersey Industries, an energy services holding company consisting of a natural gas utility and a group of nonutility energy businesses. She’s also a Human Resources Management Department Advisory Board member at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.
Holzer will report to Stephenson. She succeeds Vince McCarthy, who stepped in a year and a half ago to lead the company’s HR function. McCarthy has held several leadership roles in his 12 years at the company, including group president and head of corporate strategy and development.
Sources: Zurich North America, Verisk