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Brad Craner named Head of Wholesale for Financial Lines

October 22, 2019

Appointment of industry veteran furthers Zurich’s commitment to the Wholesale distribution channel.

Brad Craner has been appointed Head of Wholesale for Financial Lines in U.S. Commercial Insurance for Zurich North America.

“In this role, Brad will be responsible for developing strong business relationships with wholesale brokers nationally and ensuring Zurich delivers on our committed value proposition to the wholesale and surplus lines market,” said Brian Benjamin, Head of Management Solutions Group.

He will remain based in New York City and report directly to Benjamin.

“I am excited to join Brian’s leadership team and look forward to helping our collective team make great strides in the fourth quarter and the years to come,” Craner said. “With all the changes in the market, Zurich’s continued dedication to the Wholesale distribution channel is something I am really excited to be a part of.”

Craner joined Zurich in 2008. Most recently, Craner oversaw the Management Risk book within Zurich Wholesale & Surplus, where he had responsibility for Private/Non-Profit, Financial Institution and Publicly Traded lines of business. Prior to that, he has held several regional and national underwriting roles within Zurich’s Management Solutions Group and U.S. Commercial Insurance. Craner started his career at E-Risk Services.

Craner received his bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Hartford and later earned his Master of Business Administration from Pace University in New York.

Three things to know about Brad

  • “I have been married to my wife, Heather, for six years, and we have two boys, Jameson, 4, and Bo, 1.”
  • “There is no place I’d rather eat than in a classic New Jersey diner.”
  • “I am a big believer in having a positive attitude as much as I can – I’ve even tricked myself into having a good day once or twice …”