Germany-based reinsurance giant Hannover Re’s subsidiary, Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America (Hannover Re US), has appointed Nico van Zyl Assistant Vice President (AVP), Medical Director, effective January 1st, 2017.
Nico van Zyl joined the reinsurer’s U.S. division from Hannover Re’s South African branch, where he held the role of Chief Medical Officer for the past seven years.
Kevin Oldani, Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Underwriter, Hannover Re US, said; “Nico’s experience as medical director and his work in innovation projects including automated underwriting systems and new product development will assist Hannover Re US’ strategy going forward.”
He will be based in the company’s Denver office, and actually joined the firm in January of this year to replace Dr. Cliff Titcomb, who retired as Vice President (VP), Medical Director, on May 26th, 2017.
Dr. Titcomb is retiring after 30 years in the insurance industry, which includes serving in a number of high level positions with a range of insurers and associations, which includes serving as President of AAIM (American Academy of Insurance Medicine).
Oldani, added; “Cliff will be remembered by most underwriters as an educator, an outstanding case consultant and wonderful colleague to the underwriters. He has increased the knowledge of underwriters throughout North America. Cliff will be missed and we all appreciate the value he brought to the underwriting community and to Hannover Re.”