Schaumburg, Ill., -- January 29, 2018 -- Zurich North America has named Vince Santivasi as the new head of Direct Markets for Zurich North America replacing David Putz who became head of Alternative Markets for Zurich at the beginning of the new year. The leadership changes come as the company welcomed Kathleen Savio, former head of Alternative Markets, as the new CEO of Zurich North America on January 1, 2018.
“These are exciting times for Zurich and our Direct Markets business unit; but especially for our customers,” said Putz. “Our ability to fill the head Direct Markets position with someone from within our own automotive family is something to celebrate. Vince has been successful over his 14 year career at Zurich due to his unrelenting focus on doing the right things for our customers and our distributors.”
Santivasi was the head of sales for Direct Markets & Programs. He is an automotive industry specialist and has shared his subject matter expertise as a course instructor and workshop leader for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).
“Vince’s vast knowledge of the Direct Markets’ organization and the customers we serve will ensure that our leadership transition is smooth and effective,” Putz added.
**A new head of Programs will be announced at a later date.