Zurich Financial Services Group announced the appointment of Lindene Patton and Elpida Constantinou to key positions within its Climate Office, both will report to Michael Kerner, Global Chief Underwriting Officer and Head of Zurich’s Climate Initiative.
Patton, 43 and a U.S. citizen assumed her role as Climate Product Officer on March 1, 2008. She is responsible for coordinating the product development and proposition management efforts related to the Group’s response to climate change. She is located in Washington DC.
Patton previously served as Senior Vice President and Counsel at Zurich Commercial Markets, part of Zurich North America. She joined Zurich in 1996 as Director of Risk Management at Zurich’s Environmental Business Unit. Before that she worked at Advanced Risk Management Services at Willis, and prior to that she was Associate General Counsel at EMCON, a company specialized in environmental engineering and landfill design. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis, a masters degree in Public Health from the University of California
at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Constantinou, 43 and a citizen of Cyprus, will assume the position of Climate Program Officer, effective June 1, 2008. She will be responsible for managing the overall operations of the Climate Office, with a particular focus on engaging with the various internal and external stakeholders of the Group’s Climate Initiative, including the Climate Change Advisory Council, and directing their activities toward the achievement of the Group’s climate-related goals. She will be located in Zurich, Switzerland.
Constantinou joined Zurich in 2007 as Business Strategy and Project Manager at Investment Management. Before that she worked as an internal consultant at the National Bank of Greece in Athens and as a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Company in London, UK, and a Financial Consultant with Bank of America in San Francisco, USA. She has also worked as an Environmental Engineer, primarily involved in the modeling of chemical transport from industrial facilities and the assessment of subsequent risks on human health. She holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, a masters degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, California, and a
Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California at Berkeley.
Source: Zurich – www.zurich.com
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