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Kathleen Savio

Kathleen Savio

Head of Alternative Markets and Chief Executive Officer Designate
Zurich North America

Skills and experience

Kathleen Savio is Head of Alternative Markets and Chief Executive Officer Designate for Zurich North America. She will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer for Zurich North America on January 1, 2018.

As the Head of Alternative Markets, which delivers products and services to customers through multiple distribution channels, including direct, program administrators, crop agents, captive consultants and brokers, Savio sets the strategic direction and holds Profit & Loss responsibility for the Direct Markets (Automotive), Programs, Group Captives and Crop businesses. She most recently oversaw the acquisition of Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS), one of the nation’s leading crop insurance providers.

Savio has more than 25 years of experience working across several disciplines at Zurich. Prior to her current role, she held the position of Chief Administrative Officer for North America Commercial, with responsibility for Strategy and Operational Planning, Corporate Communications, Human Resources, Community Investment, Audit, and Security and Investigations. Prior to that role, she led Corporate Marketing and Communications as well as Strategic Initiatives for Marketing and Distribution. She also has held roles in Product Underwriting and Corporate Marketing and within key business units.

External appointments

Savio is Chair of Z Zurich Foundation, an ambassador for Zurich North America’s Women’s Innovation Network and executive sponsor for Zurich North America’s PrideZ employee resource group. She served as the first chair of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Chicago (IICF) / Midwest Division board and is also a former member of the IICF National Board. She was named as a Business Insurance Woman to Watch in 2015 and is a member of The Chicago Network.

Educational background

Savio earned a master's degree in communication and a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Illinois State University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and has participated in executive management programs at Northwestern University's Kellogg School.