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Amit Mantrow selected as Head of International Casualty for U.S. Commercial Insurance at Zurich

Amit Mantrow has been named Head of International Casualty for Zurich’s U.S. Commercial Insurance (USCI) group. Amit will be responsible for driving the success and profitable growth of the Casualty book of business for International Programs from Zurich (IPZ). He will be based in Chicago and report to Head of Casualty Valerie Butt.

The IPZ Casualty team is joining the USCI Large Casualty team as part of a broader initiative to provide a simplified framework for our customers and distributors to work with Zurich.

“We recognize that IPZ is a value differentiator and therefore want to continue to invest in it,” said Paul Horgan, Head of USCI. “We listened to our customers' needs and their preference for well-coordinated capabilities between the International and Domestic Casualty teams.”

“I’m looking forward to implementing this enhanced way of delivering for our International Casualty customers,” Mantrow said. “This shift will enable us to provide even more comprehensive, complementary solutions to help them manage their risks and build on their successes.”

Amit has been with Zurich since 2012 in a variety of roles. He most recently was responsible for the design, development and implementation of the go-to-market strategy for Zurich North America. Previous roles included serving as Interim Regional Executive for Zurich Canada, Head of Strategy in London, and Vice President for Strategy in Schaumburg, Illinois.

He also has worked for McKinsey & Company and Yazaki North America.

“Amit brings both strategic and operational excellence to this role,” said Valerie Butt, Head of Large Casualty. “This experience will be critical to the implementation of a more seamless approach to deliver international solutions for our Large Casualty customers.”

Amit holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Thapar University in India, a Master of Engineering from the University of Akron in Ohio, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

Steve Boughal joins Zurich as Head of Diversified Financial Group in Management Solutions

Steve Boughal has been named Management Solutions Group's Head of Diversified Financial Group in Zurich U.S. Commercial Insurance.

In this role, Steve will be responsible for driving the success and profitable growth of Zurich’s Financial Institutions' Management Liability and Professional Liability books of business. He will be based in New York.

Steve spent the last nine years at The Hartford as chief underwriting officer for Hartford Financial Products. He previously spent eight years at Travelers as the national practice leader for Investment Advisers and Funds. He also served in various underwriting positions at Kemper and AIG.

“Steve is a recognized industry leader known for his underwriting acumen and creation of leading underwriting strategies,” said Brian Benjamin, Head of Management Solutions, U.S. Commercial Insurance. “He has a deep understanding of Management and Professional Liability lines, and we’re thrilled about the leadership and experience he brings to the Diversified Financial Group.”

Steve articulated his priorities in his new role: “My goal is for Zurich to be the premier financial institutions insurance provider with clear and consistent strategies, leading and innovative coverage solutions, efficient execution, best-in-class claims handling and a talented, solutions-oriented underwriting team.”

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in applied quantitative economics from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst®  (CFA® charterholder) and a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM®).

 

Veronica Romano named Midwest Regional Vice President for Middle Markets

Veronica Romano, previously Underwriting Manager for Middle Markets at Zurich, has been named Midwest Regional Vice President for Middle Markets. She will be responsible for developing and driving profitable growth in Zurich’s Middle Markets book of business in the Midwest, in part by cultivating broker/client relationships. She is based in Chicago.

In 16 years at Zurich, Veronica most recently managed Middle Markets underwriting teams in Denver, where she had been based, and Los Angeles. Before that, she worked as a Senior Business Development Leader, developing and executing financial and operational plans for assigned brokers across all underwriting units. She previously was a Senior Casualty Underwriter.

“Veronica brings strong risk selection knowledge and relationship-building skills to this role,” said Marcus Cooper, Head of Middle Markets for U.S. Commercial Insurance at Zurich. “I’m confident that she will help drive the Midwest Middle Markets team's results.”

“Customer-centricity and strong broker relationships have always been top priorities for me,” Veronica said. “We’ll continue to build on the solid foundation we have in the Midwest to offer best-in-class risk management solutions and a market-leading value proposition in Middle Markets.”

Veronica holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in marketing and marketing management from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where she was on the women’s golf team. Her insurance career started at Zurich in the former Associate Training Program. 

3 things to know about Veronica

  1. “My husband and I have 2 boys, Matthew (4) and Ryan (2). They make the move back to my hometown, Chicago, that much more exciting. We are thrilled to be close to friends, family and all the activities and culture the city has to offer.” 
  2. “I love to travel internationally. Some of my favorite trips have been to New Zealand, the Amalfi Coast, Croatia and the south of France.”
  3. “We are a house divided when it comes to baseball. My husband is a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan, and I’m Chicago Cubs all the way. He’s already planning some family trips to Busch Stadium so the boys don’t get too acclimated to Wrigley Field!”

 

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