QBE North America Appoints Kathleen O. Zortman President, Standard Lines - Property & Casualty

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

New York, NY—Today QBE North America, an operating division of QBE Group, is announcing that Kathleen O. Zortman has joined the organization as President, Standard Lines – Property & Casualty. In this role Zortman will serve on the Executive Management Board and have responsibility for QBE North America's Commercial, Personal, Program and Agriculture businesses. This appointment underscores QBE's commitment to add top talent as it builds its North America specialty-focused insurance and reinsurance operations.

"Kathleen has a track record of driving profitable growth through underwriting excellence and a strong focus on the customer, which is exactly what QBE is doing here in North America and around the world as we align our product and service capabilities," said Dave Duclos, CEO of QBE North America. "Having been an underwriter, broker and management consultant, Kathleen brings a unique perspective to the table and her insights will help us deliver tailored solutions to meet the specialized needs of our clients."

Zortman has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company where she served as Chief Field Executive managing a field organization of 1,000 employees and $2.3 billion in gross written premium.  In this role Zortman was responsible for distribution, underwriting and customer service across Commercial, Programs, Professional Liability, Farm and Ranch, Entertainment and High-Net-Worth Personal insurance divisions. 

Prior to Fireman's Fund, Zortman held leadership roles at Chubb, Johnson & Higgins and Deloitte Consulting. 

Zortman remarked, "This is a great time to join QBE. With a strong leadership team and true global capacity, QBE is poised for growth. My colleagues and I are committed to consistently delivering underwriting excellence and deepening our producer relationships.  I’m excited to take the helm and drive QBE North America’s Property & Casualty business to the next level."

Zortman holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Boston College and received her MBA from Suffolk University in Boston. 

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About QBE

QBE North America is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE NA reported Gross Written Premiums in 2014 of $5.3 billion. QBE Insurance Group's 2014 results can be found at www.qbena.com. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out of 38 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance market. The North America division, headquartered in New York, conducts business through its property and casualty insurance subsidiaries. QBE insurance companies are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best and "A+" by Standard & Poor's.