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Zurich North America names David Putz as Head of Alternative Markets

Schaumburg, Ill., November 5, 2017

Putz to replace North American CEO-Designate Kathleen Savio at year start

David PutzZurich North America today announced the appointment of David Putz to lead Alternative Markets, effective January 1, 2018. Putz is Head of Direct Markets & Programs for Zurich North America and will assume the role currently held by Kathleen Savio, who will transition to Zurich North America CEO at that same time.  Putz has held leadership positions throughout Zurich North America for more than 20 years. He will report directly to Savio.

“Throughout his career with us, David has continually demonstrated unrelenting customer focus and a deep commitment to delivering growth and profitability,” said Savio. “He is an energizing business person who has built and led highly effective teams.”

Prior to leading Direct Markets & Programs over the past year, Putz was head of Direct Markets for four years. He served in a number of key sales and leadership roles in Direct Markets, including Vice President of Sales and Distribution, Finance & Insurance (F&I) Specialist, Regional F&I Manager Indiana, Account Executive, Regional Sales Manager Florida, General Manager / Vice President Northern Division, and National Vice President of Sales Eastern Zone.

His career is rooted in the automotive industry, starting at his family’s Chrysler dealership. After college, he worked for Pat Ryan & Associates as a District Manager, calling on and serving auto dealers in the Midwest. In addition to David’s business leadership, he currently serves on the board of Make-A-Wish Missouri.

Zurich North America’s Alternative Markets is comprised of four major units: Direct Markets (Automotive), Programs, Group Captives and Crop. It delivers products and services to customers through multiple distribution channels, including direct, program administrators, crop agents, captive consultants and brokers.


About Zurich
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 54,000 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 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.