Zurich launches advanced casualty unit for higher center market


Zurich North America has announced the creation of a complex liability unit to support customers in the upper midsize segment.

The new entity will leverage the strengths of Zurich’s underwriting and service platforms to offer a wide range of loss-sensitive products to accounts with expected annual losses of up to $ 3 million, the company said.

Steve Lezaj (pictured above) has been appointed head of the unit as the national director of complex casualty insurance. Before moving to Zurich, Lezaj worked at Travelers, where his last position was as Account Executive Director. He also served as an Account Executive with the Royal & Sun Alliance and Hartford Specialty Company. He began his career as an actuary analyst with Hartford Financial Services Group.

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“There are tremendous growth opportunities in the upper mid-market segment,” said John Diaz, Zurich’s chief operating officer, US mid-market. “Together, this team of seasoned underwriting experts will provide the necessary expertise to manage and grow our market share in this segment. By strengthening local underwriters, it will be easier for our brokers and clients to do business with Zurich. “

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