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Zurich Insurance simplifies and strengthens its go to market approach in Canada

Toronto, November 1, 2018

Announces new organizational structure and leadership team

After the recent announcement naming Saad Mered, CEO of Zurich Canada, the commercial insurance provider today announced a new organizational structure and team for its Canadian business. This new structure and team will simplify and strengthen Zurich’s go-to-market approach and help position Zurich as a leader at managing risk in Canada.

“We now have the structure in place to ramp up our support for our customers and brokers in Canada, strengthening our presence in the Canadian market,” said Mered.  “We’ve also deepened our bench strength in Canada with proven leaders from Zurich and the industry.”

The Zurich Canada executive team, effective immediately, under the leadership of Mered includes the following members:

In addition to these roles, the leadership team in Canada will also include a head of Property, head of Liability, and head of Claims to be announced at a later date.  This team also includes several support roles that add value and depth to the business. All team members are based in Toronto.

About the leadership team

Jean Roy
Head of Underwriting Jean Roy has more than 20 years of insurance industry experience and will lead this new role responsible for underwriting, risk selection, pricing, proposition development and new opportunity incubation, as well the management of the product suite offered by Zurich in Canada. He most recently held the position of chief actuary for Zurich Canada.

Head of Specialties Greg Irvine will continue to lead the specialty insurance lines of businesses for Canada. Irvine leads a team focused on delivering innovative solutions to address the challenging risks facing businesses in Canada. Prior to joining Zurich in 2012, he held various management positions within AIG's Executive Liability division.

Scott Thomas

Head of Risk Services Scott Thomas will continue in this leadership role. Thomas leads Zurich Canada’s nationwide team of risk professionals supporting their key goals to identify, assess and improve the risks Zurich customers face every day.

Scott Thomas

Head of Marketing Alban Laloum has worked in the insurance industry for nearly 30 years. Prior to this new role, Laloum served as Global Broker Relationship Leader for Zurich, responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with brokers around the world.

Mered said, “This new structure creates agility and positions these proven leaders to meet the changing needs of our customers in Canada.”

To learn more about Zurich’s business in Canada, go to


About Zurich
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 53,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 210 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at

In North America, Zurich is a leading provider of insurance products and services, including workers’ compensation, liability, property, specialty and F&I (finance and insurance) for a number of major industries, such as Construction, Auto Dealers, and Technology. Zurich employs approximately 9,000 people in North America. Further information is available at