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Zurich Insurance named one of the Top Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives

Schaumburg, Ill., March 1, 2016

Zurich Insurance today announced it has been named one of the 2016 Top Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). The award recognizes the top 60 American businesses that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture that fosters the careers of talented women.

“I want a senior leadership team that brings different perspectives and points of view to help solve the complex risks our customers face today,” said Mike Foley, CEO of North America Commercial and Regional Chairman for North America for Zurich Insurance. “Zurich is deliberate in its focus on creating a workplace environment that nurtures the development of women, along with other groups, because when we do, we see better business outcomes.”

“I am happy to report that female representation in senior management positions continues to inch up at the NAFE Top Companies,” says Dr. Betty Spence, NAFE President. “Though progress of women into senior positions has slowed nationally, the 2016 NAFE Top Companies are leading the way in moving women into power positions where they have the influence to innovate and boost profits.”

Zurich has a robust employee resource group for women called the Women’s Innovation Network or WIN. This group plays a critical role in the development and engagement of women, standing strong at more than 1,800 members in North America. WIN provides a professional network for inspiration, development and connection to colleagues across Zurich and has more than 5,000 members in 15 countries. Zurich also was selected by Working Mother magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies in 2015 and 2014.

About the Methodology

The 2016 NAFE Top Companies application includes some 200 questions on female representation at all levels, especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss ranks. The vetting process includes tracking access and usage of programs and policies that promote the advancement of women as well as the training and accountability of managers in relation to the number of women who advance. In order to be eligible for the NAFE Top Companies survey, entrants must have a minimum of 1,000 employees, two women on the Board of Directors and be a public or private company. NAFE also separately names the Top 10 companies in the nonprofit sector.

About Zurich

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With more than 55,000 employees, it provides a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in more than 170 countries. 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 www.zurich.com.

In North America, Zurich is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors through the individual member companies of Zurich in North America, including Zurich American Insurance Company. Life insurance and disability coverage issued in the United States in all states except New York is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic life insurance company. In New York, life insurance and disability coverage is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company of New York, a New York domestic life insurance company. For more information about the products and services it offers and people Zurich employs around the world go to www.zurichna.com. 2012 marked Zurich's 100-year anniversary of insuring America and the success of its customers, shareholders and employees.

About NAFE

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. NAFE.com provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation. The full list of this year’s winners is posted on workingmother.com and on nafe.com.