Zurich Canada has appointed John Thain, a 25-year veteran of the travel insurance industry, as vice-president, Travel, Accident & Sickness.
He will be responsible for launching personal leisure travel, business travel accident and supporting accident and sickness products in Canada. He is based in Toronto and reports to Greg Irvine, head of specialty products for Canada.
Before joining Zurich, Thain held numerous roles as an independent consultant, underwriter and program administrator. At Assurant Canada, he was responsible for the strategic direction of a portfolio of inclusive credit card and related voluntary insurance products in Canada.
Zurich Canada expects to begin selling personal travel products by the start of 2019.
Zurich already has a strong global portfolio of travel insurance and assistance services under the umbrella of specialist provider Cover-More, which Zurich acquired in 2017. Zurich accelerated the growth of Cover-More this year by agreeing to acquire the businesses operating under the Travel Ace and Universal Assistance brands.