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Roll out the blue carpet: It’s awards time at Zurich

December 4, 2019

Employee recognition matters. Zurich’s Excellence Awards go to high achievers who simplify, innovate and focus on our customers.

Excellence Awards 2019
Zurich North America CEO Kathleen Savio (center) pauses for a photo with team winners Brandon Leibert and Maureen Erbach at the Zurich Excellence Awards luncheon
Throughout the year, Zurich North America employees simplify, innovate and focus on our customers in countless ways. Zurich recognizes their impact through our Excellence Awards. Given twice per year, these awards highlight extraordinary achievements from Zurich individuals and teams, some of whom collaborate across locations coast to coast to bring projects to fruition.

Winners receive financial awards, additional days of paid time off and a crystal keepsake, as well as supplemental points in their peer-recognition account to highlight the achievements of colleagues.

“Our people are the foundation of our organization; what we do together every day for our customers and for each other matters,” said Zurich North America CEO Kathleen Savio, who with other members of Zurich North America’s Executive Committee recognized the 2019 Excellence Award winners at a November luncheon. “We are committed to creating a culture of recognition where our employees feel valued and are recognized and rewarded for what they do, how they do it and their impact on our business results.”

Individual winners include the following, based in Schaumburg and the Chicago area unless otherwise indicated:

  • Mike Besso, U.S. Commercial Insurance
  • Paul Combs, U.S. Commercial Insurance
  • Kim Lang, Finance and Actuarial (Maryland)
  • Jeremy Larsen, Alternative Markets (Minnesota)
  • Dianna Likens, U.S. Commercial Insurance (Florida)
  • Jason Nikowitz, Finance and Actuarial
  • Joseph Porada, U.S. Commercial Insurance (Nevada)


Excellence Awards 2019
Susan Havrish, Technical Director for Accident & Health/Warranty at Zurich, shares a light moment with Excellence Award winners Felicia Remington (left) and Shannon Rigby.

Team winners include:

Francina Bata, Denise Birdsell, Don Maiers and Neal McWhorter, all in Enterprise Services; Anita Badalian, Betsy Burns, Robin Cassata, Laura Darbro, Stephanie Douglas, Karen Hinkle, Leslie Ruth and Doug Tramp, all in Finance; and Rose Hopkins, Enterprise Services and Teresa Krapes, Finance (both in Missouri).

Maureen Erbach, Legal, Corporate Investigations, Regulatory Services and Government & Industry Affairs (LCRG); and Brandon Leibert, Operations.

LCRG colleagues Wendy Etheridge (Florida), Ed Paulis, Felicia Remington and Mike Steinlauf.

Brett Guzdziol and Erin O'Grady, both in Alternative Markets; Mike Edison, Technical Underwriting (Iowa); and Shannon Rigby, Technical Underwriting.


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