Zurich in North America (ZNA) has appointed Dalynn Hoch as its new chief financial officer. She is based in Zurich’s North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill.

Hoch succeeds Vibhu Sharma who has been appointed to the position of group controller at Zurich’s global headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Sharma succeeds Malcolm Gilbert who will retire in 2013.

Hoch joined Zurich in 2009 as head of the North American Commercial’s finance planning and performance management team and was also a member of the Zurich in North America Finance leadership team. Since July 2011, she has been on an international assignment that focused on multiple transformation projects with finance teams around the globe.

Before her international assignment, Hoch was charged with designing and building the finance planning and performance management competency for the Finance Center of Excellence and continuing the development of tools and dashboards that strengthened analytic capabilities.


Prior to joining Zurich, Hoch was a partner at KPMG, working for the international accounting firm for 15 years.

Zurich Insurance Group is a leading multi-line insurance provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as well as other markets. It offers a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals, small businesses, mid-sized and large companies as well as multinational corporations. Zurich employs about 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries.

In North America, Zurich is a leading commercial property/casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors. Life insurance offered in the United States is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic life insurance company.