H.W. Kaufman Group, a Farmington Hills-based privately held, global specialty insurance, and financial organization, announced the promotion of Chris Zoidis to president and CEO of its subsidiary Atain Insurance Cos.
“For 15 years, Chris has played a central role in accelerating nearly every aspect of Kaufman’s growth strategy,” says Alan Jay Kaufman, chairman, president, and CEO of H.W. Kaufman Group. “Chris brings industry-leading expertise, underwriting acumen and a keen understanding of the strategic advantage Atain provides our company. He is the ideal professional to take on this new role and lead Atain’s expansion in the marketplace.”
Zoidis began his career in commercial property and casualty underwriting before spending nearly a decade with Deloitte Consulting in the company’s insurance strategy and operations practice.
He joined Kaufman in 2007, advancing to oversee the Burns & Wilcox special risk underwriting division and expert practice groups. He also is responsible for Kaufman’s overall portfolio and relationship with the London market.
In addition to heading Atain, Zoidis will continue serving as a Kaufman executive vice president, guiding the company’s London strategy as well as its international businesses that span the U.K, Europe, and South America.
“Atain presents a great opportunity – it is a company backed by tremendous resources and has untapped potential,” says Zoidis. “I look forward to taking responsibility for directing Atain’s evolution and broadening its underwiring capabilities across North America.”
As part of reshaping and strengthening Atain’s leadership, the company also announced the promotion of Jessalynn Suda to vice president, reporting to Zoidis. In her role, Suda will continue leading Atain’s underwriting organization while focusing on building its exclusive product offerings.