Zurich Insurance Group has named Michael Kerner its CEO of general insurance and a member of the Group Executive Committee. Kerner presently is CEO of global corporate in North America. He will be based in Zurich and report to Zurich CEO Martin Senn.

Zurich says that, prior to his current position, Kerner was global chief underwriting officer for general insurance and head of group strategy in Zurich between 2007 and 2009.

Since joining Zurich from the Continental Insurance Co. in 1992, Kerner has held a number of senior executive positions such as global head of group reinsurance in 2006 and 2007, head of ceded reinsurance for Zurich North America from 2002 to 2005, and COO for Zurich North America Specialties prior, Zurich says.

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