Zurich Expands Energy Units in Western U.S., Latin America

April 30, 2010

Zurich’s Global Energy has expanded its operations in the Western U.S. and Latin America through the addition of new Global Energy underwriting and risk engineering operations within Zurich offices in Glendale, Calif., Buenos Aires, Argentina and Sao Paulo, Brazil. These offices will support expanded onshore property practices in these markets.

Zurich has also hired the following insurance professionals to support these regions:

  • Margo Williams named onshore property manager for Western North America
  • Juan Pablo Gatica will lead Zurich’s Global Energy onshore property underwriting operation in Latin America
  • Jairo Cardoso joins the Latin America Risk Engineering team as a senior power generation risk engineer

Williams will lead the Western North America expansion. In her new role, she will be responsible for establishing a local presence and expanding Zurich’s customer and broker support in the energy market. Williams brings more than 20 years of experience in large commercial property underwriting, including petroleum and energy-related risks and catastrophe perils, to her new role. Prior to joining Zurich, she was most recently an assistant manager for Chartis where she was responsible for the production of new business and retention of accounts in energy-related fields.

Gatica will lead Zurich’s Global Energy onshore property underwriting operation in Latin America. Based in Buenos Aires, Gatica will be responsible for expanding Zurich’s market presence and leveraging established relationships in the region. He also joins Zurich from Chartis, where he was most recently a regional manager responsible for the Energy results and production of Southern American countries, excluding Brazil.

Cardoso joins the Latin America Risk Engineering team as a senior power generation risk engineer. This newly created position, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, supports Zurich’s regional growth initiative within Latin America. Cardoso, who has more than 25 years of risk engineering experience, was most recently at Itaú Unibanco Holding S.A. where he specialized in energy, machinery breakdown and construction risks.

Source: Zurich

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