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Zurich North America names Denise Olson Head of Programs
Apr 21, 2022

The longtime Zurich leader and insurance industry veteran succeeds Greg Massey in the role.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Denise Olson has been named Head of Programs for Zurich North America, effective immediately. Olson will report to Alex Wells, Head of U.S. Middle Market, and she will continue as a member of the Zurich North America Leadership Team. She succeeds Greg Massey, who is retiring.

Olson is responsible for the executive management of Zurich’s Programs business and fostering and maintaining strategic relationships with Program Administrators.

“With her extensive knowledge of the Programs business, strong underwriting acumen and exemplary leadership skills, I am confident that we will continue to maintain our top-tier position in the Programs space and build on this critical business,” Wells said.

Olson joined Zurich in 2003 and has held several leadership roles in underwriting, product development and actuarial. She most recently served as the Technical Director for Programs, working with the Line of Business and Pricing & Actuarial teams to lead technical underwriting for Programs. She also continued her responsibilities for new program selection and the due diligence process. Olson was also named a Zurich KAMP Award honoree in 2020.

Olson earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Actuarial Science at the University of Nebraska. She also holds Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), Certified Property and Casualty Underwriting (CPCU) and Certified Program Leader (CPL) designations.

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David Hilgen
Zurich North America
(908) 303-4002