Gary Kaplan

Gary Kaplan

President of Construction and Managing Director of XL Leadership Council

Location
Greater Chicago Area
Industry
Insurance

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Gary Kaplan's Overview

Current
  • President of Construction, Environmental and Interim Head of Distribution & Network at XL Insurance
Past
  • President of Construction at Zurich Insurance
  • Head of Operational Transformation at Zurich North America Commercial
  • Chief Underwriting Officer - Head of Technical Center at Zurich North America Commercial
  • Underwriting Program Executive – Strategic Initiatives Group at Zurich North America
  • Director of Property Line of Business at Zurich North America
  • Chief Underwriting Officer - Property at Zurich US
  • Senior Vice President and Director - Energy Property at Zurich-American Insurance Group
  • Vice President - Energy Department at The Home Insurance Company
  • Account Executive at Industrial Risk Insurers
Education
Connections

500+ connections

Gary Kaplan's Summary

Highly disciplined and results-focused leader with the proven track record developing and motivating high performance teams. Held senior level executive positions for both line and functional responsibilities. Led large scale operational transformations to drive down expenses and solve very tough operational issues. Turned around unacceptable underwriting results over several large books of business.

President of Construction - Came to XL to build a one of a kind Business Unit focused solely on Contractors. Responsible for all six P&C product lines including Property, Primary Casualty, Excess Casualty, Professional, Pollution, and Subcontractor Default insurance.

President of Construction - Headed up the Construction Business Unit within Zurich North America Commercial Business Division. Provide innovative products and services to the Construction Industry customers.

Head of Operational Transformation - Efforts focus on creating a more effective, efficient, flexible operating model and work environment that improves ease of doing business.

Chief Underwriting Officer/ Head of Technical Center - Set the underwriting strategy for organization. Established new Underwriting Governance Structure and delivered continuous improvement in underwriting and product management processes. Efforts drove the combined ratio to record combined ratio.

Member of the North America Commercial Executive Committee as well as many related subcommittees.

Underwriting Program Executive/ Strategic Initiatives Group - led all underwriting aspects of the Business Division’s focus on and contribution to the global profitability improvement program.

Specialties: Results-focused leadership, Strategic and operational planning, Underwriting management, Construction and Energy segments, Project and Change management, Driving innovation, Customer and distributor relationship development, Targeted account acquisition

Gary Kaplan's Experience

President of Construction, Environmental and Interim Head of Distribution & Network

XL Insurance

May 2010Present (4 years 6 months) Greater New York City Area

President of Construction

Zurich Insurance

2008February 2010 (2 years)

Head of Operational Transformation

Zurich North America Commercial

20072008 (1 year)

Chief Underwriting Officer - Head of Technical Center

Zurich North America Commercial

November 2004March 2007 (2 years 5 months)

Underwriting Program Executive – Strategic Initiatives Group

Zurich North America

January 2003November 2004 (1 year 11 months)

Director of Property Line of Business

Zurich North America

January 2001January 2003 (2 years 1 month)

Chief Underwriting Officer - Property

Zurich US

March 1999January 2001 (1 year 11 months)

Senior Vice President and Director - Energy Property

Zurich-American Insurance Group

July 1995March 1999 (3 years 9 months)

Vice President - Energy Department

The Home Insurance Company

September 1988July 1995 (6 years 11 months)

Account Executive

Industrial Risk Insurers

September 1979September 1988 (9 years 1 month)

Gary Kaplan's Skills & Expertise

  1. New Business Development
  2. Change Management
  3. Organizational Leadership
  4. Strategic Planning
  5. Underwriting
  6. Claims
  7. Insurance
  8. Risk Management

Gary Kaplan's Education

Oak Park River Forest High School

19711975

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