Zurich adds two to underwriting team

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Zurich has appointed Ralph Brand and Chris Waterman to newly created jobs, as the insurer further simplifies its underwriting function.

Brand, previously a global head of casualty, will become as global head of casualty, financial lines and cyber and will be based in Zurich.

He joined Zurich in 2012 as CEO of Zurich Germany, left in 2016 to start his own business and rejoined Zurich in 2019.

Previously he also held various leadership roles at AIG and Allianz across Europe and in the US.

Waterman, previously head of commercial lines, will become global head of property, marine and technical lines.

He joined Zurich in July 2016 in Singapore. Prior to joining the company he held various leadership roles at AIG, including head of property and energy in Japan.

As part of this appointment, Waterman will relocate from Singapore to Zurich.

Commercial insurance chief underwriting officer Sierra Signorelli said: “The insurance industry continues to evolve and having the ability to provide customers with tailor-made services, solutions and advice is critical for our future success. This new setup will enable us to combine our expertise and resources across business lines and make better and more efficient underwriting decisions for our customers.”

Accident and health and credit and surety will continue to be led by Drazen Jaksic and Piergiorgio D’Ignazio, respectively.

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