US specialty insurance group Assurant has announced the appointment of Paul Cosgrove as President of its Canadian operations, effective immediately.
Cosgrove, who formerly served as Vice President, Business Development and Client Management, will succeed Robert Zanussi, who is retiring from the role after 16 years with Assurant.
Zanussi is set to continue with the company through to January 30, 2020 to ensure a smooth transition.
During his 25-year career at Assurant, Cosgrove has held various leadership roles, with oversight of the Connected Living, Global Auto and Financial Services businesses.
He also developed the sales optimisation team to support the growth of the mobile business and led the creation of strategic organisational offices to better serve client implementations and improve business processes.
In his new role, Cosgrove will report to Keith Meier, President, International at Assurant.
“Paul is a highly accomplished leader,” said Meier. “His outstanding skills in supporting our client relationships and his vision for growth, both of the business and our people, positions him well for his new role as president, Assurant Canada.”
“With his deep auto, connected living and financial services experience, he will continue to focus on how we best serve our clients and their customers,” Meier added.
Cosgrove also commented: “It’s an exciting time to lead the Canadian business, as we continue to focus on providing excellent service and market-leading products to our clients and their customers.”
On the departure of Zanussi, Meier further stated: “On behalf of everyone at Assurant, we want to thank Bob for everything he has accomplished during his 16 years with the company.”
“Bob has been instrumental in shaping Assurant Canada into the innovative business that it is today, and the Canadian business is well-positioned for continued business success and growth due to his leadership.”
He concluded: “These changes demonstrate our continued efforts to leverage our exceptional talent to service our clients and further accelerate our strong momentum across our business.”