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Zurich bolsters global A&H with three key hires

3rd June 2020 - Author: Charlie Wood

Global insurer Zurich has added three new senior members to its Commercial Insurance Accident and Health (A&H) underwriting group.

Zurich LogoChris Howard joins as Head of A&H in the US, Nicole Yates as Head of A&H in Australia, and Stephane Baj as Head of A&H in the UK and Multinational A&H.

These new additions come amid a reinforcement by Zurich of its A&H capabilities.

Howard joined Zurich North America from WNC Insurance Services where he was president of the Accident and Health division.

Yates re-joined Zurich Australia and is based in Melbourne.


Previously, she was at AXA XL where she led the Australian and New Zealand wholesale and retail A&H business.

Baj joined Zurich UK from Chubb where he spent the past 13 year and held various senior roles including Head of A&H in France, Regional Director for Corporate and Affinity EMEA, and most recently Head of Partnerships for Continental Europe.

“Accident and Health continues to be an attractive market with strong growth potential,” said Sierra Signorelli, Chief Underwriting Officer, Commercial Insurance.

“Our large commercial customer base and strong global network combined with our underwriting expertise and unified product offering uniquely position Zurich to become a leading global provider in the A&H business.”

Drazen Jaksic, Head of Accident and Health, added, “We are delighted to welcome Chris, Nicole and Stephane to the team. They are proven and highly experienced specialists in the A&H business.

“I am confident that their appointments will allow us to take the business to the next level in key markets.”


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