Ryan Specialty Group (RSG) has announced the appointment of John Zern as president and CEO of Ryan Specialty Benefits. In his new role, Zern will lead the development of Ryan Specialty Benefits, which focuses on wholesale benefits brokerage and managing general underwriting capabilities to serve the needs of the retail brokerage community.
Zern has extensive employee benefits and insurance experience. Prior to joining Ryan Specialty Benefits, he served as CEO of Global Health Solutions and CEO, North America: Commercial Risk and Health Solutions for Aon.
“We believe there is significant retail client need and growth opportunity across employee benefits and are excited to be launching Ryan Specialty Benefits,” said Pat Ryan, founder, chairman and CEO of RSG. “John Zern is the perfect individual to lead this effort for our company. I’ve known John for many years and have seen first-hand his excellent executive leadership, team-building skills and deep technical knowledge. I am very much looking forward to working with John and am delighted that he has joined the RSG family to lead this specialty for us.”
“I am thrilled to be working alongside Pat Ryan and the top talent at RSG to build Ryan Specialty Benefits,” Zern said. “RSG is a very client-centric firm and a close-knit family which has positioned itself as an undeniable market leader in excess and surplus lines and specialty insurance. I believe in the power of the wholesale ecosystem and know delivering distinctive employee benefits solutions is of high importance to our retail client base. I will work closely with industry stakeholders to build the leader in wholesale employee benefits. Establishing Ryan Specialty Benefits is an opportunity I am privileged to have and excited to develop with Pat and the team.”