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November 2, 2018updated 05 Nov 2018 5:39am

Zurich restructures Canadian insurance operations

Commercial insurance provider Zurich has reshuffled its organisational structure and team for its Canadian operations.

The new structure and team, according to Zurich, is part of its plan to streamline and boost its ’go-to-market approach.’

The latest organisational structure follows the recent appointment of Saad Mered as the CEO of Zurich Canada.

Mered said: “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. We’ve also deepened our bench strength in Canada with proven leaders from Zurich and the industry.”

The newly appointed executive team includes Jean Roy as head of underwriting, Greg Irvine as head of specialties, Scott Thomas as head of risk services and Alban Laloum as head of marketing.

Roy has over 20 years of insurance industry experience. He will manage underwriting, risk selection, pricing, proposition development and new opportunity incubation. Most recently, he was the chief actuary for Zurich Canada.

As head of specialties, Irvine will continue to lead the specialty insurance lines of businesses for Canada. He joined Zurich in 2012 and before that he worked in senior management positions within AIG’s Executive Liability division.

Thomas in his new role will lead Zurich Canada’s nationwide team of risk professionals to identify, assess and improve the risks its customers.

Laloum, before being named as head of marketing, worked as global broker relationship leader for Zurich.

Apart from these appointments, the Canadian management team will include a head of property, head of liability, and head of claims whose names will be announced later.

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