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Key leadership changes announced at Zurich North America

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Jan. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Zurich North America today announced key leadership changes that will further position the organization to consistently deliver strong performance:
Key leadership changes announced at Zurich North America


Jason Meador, currently Head of Captives at Zurich North America, has been appointed to lead the RCIS crop insurance business following the impending retirement of Head of RCIS Mike Day.



Alban Laloum, currently Head of Customer, Distribution, Marketing & Regional Management for Zurich Canada, has been selected for the role of Chief Customer Officer for Zurich North America.



Dawn Hiestand, currently Head of Operations for Zurich North America's Direct Markets business serving auto dealers, has been selected to replace Meador as Head of Captives.



Kelly Kinzer has officially become Head of Construction after serving in an interim role following the departure of Karen Reutter.

RCIS leadership transition
Jason Meador, who has been at Zurich since 2013, will move to Zurich's crop insurance business, Rural Community Insurance Services, on Feb. 1 as Head of RCIS. Reporting to Zurich North America CEO Kristof Terryn, Meador will be responsible for the direction and strategic planning of Zurich's crop insurance business, including the expansion of precision agriculture and other advanced technology, and for ensuring strong relationships with key stakeholders in the agriculture industry, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS), crop agents and the U.S. Congress. He will work closely with Zurich's Government & Regulatory Relations team in Washington, D.C., on issues and advocacy related to the federally funded crop insurance program. Mike Day will stay on through March 31 to assist in Meador's transition. Day's retirement comes after nearly 40 years in crop insurance, which included serving on the NCIS Executive Committee and the Executive Committee of the Crop Insurance & Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB)."Mike ensured RCIS, as one of the country's largest and most dependable crop insurance providers, earned and held the trust of farmers and agents. Mike played a significant role in the successful transition when Zurich acquired RCIS in 2016," said Terryn. "We thank him for his 33 years of leadership and advocacy at RCIS. Jason will draw on Mike's legacy and his own broad skills and experience to continue to support the strength and vitality of American agriculture."
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