Starr International USA, a private insurance holding company, has appointed Wayne Gutridge as new head Star Accident & Health group in North America, including the US, Canada and Mexico.

The insurer also appointed Colleen Gannon as the new head of Accident & Health operations in North America.

Prior to joining Starr, Gutridge served as the North American head of mass consumer markets of accident & health for Zurich Financial. Gutridge held various senior management roles throughout his over 25 years of career in the insurance industry.

Gannon has over 20 years of experience in insurance operations, most recently as vice president of operations for Zurich accident & health.

She will develop and manage operational aspects of Starr’s expanded A&H platforms, focusing on providing easy access to products and services for insureds.

Gutridge said that by leveraging the experience, knowledge and service capabilities in the accident & health business, and under the current leadership of Ed Navarro and Greenberg, the company will able to capitalize on this knowledge base and deliver superior products and services in the marketplace.

Ed Navarro is global executive for Starr Accident & Health.