Zurich has named Tina Mallie as the new head of direct markets for Zurich North America Commercial. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing the company's insurance offerings to businesses that sell or service automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, equipment, and also auto recyclers.

Most recently, Ms Mallie served as head of construction services for Zurich’s programs and direct markets business unit. She is currently based in Schaumburg, Illinois but will be relocating to Overland Park, Kansas, where Zurich’s direct markets strategic business unit is based.

Previously, Ms Mallie served as chief administrative officer for Zurich North America Commercial, with responsibility for several functional areas including risk management, communications, human resources, and innovation. She served as chief of staff for global chief administrative officer at group’s corporate center in Zurich from 2002–2004.

Prior to joining Zurich, Ms Mallie served in an executive position at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and as a professor of accounting at Miami University.

Craig Fundum, president of programs and direct markets at Zurich North America Commercial, said: “We are looking forward to Tina leading this important part of our business and helping develop products and services for the exclusive group of customers this business area represents. She brings insight and experiences from her previous roles in the US and Switzerland that will add to our proven value proposition.”