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RSG appoints Zern to lead new employee benefits division

RSG has named former Aon executive John Zern as president and CEO of a new employee benefits division at the insurance group.

He will lead Ryan Specialty Benefits, which focuses on providing retail brokers with wholesale and MGU solutions.

Zern has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance market, and previously was CEO of global health solutions and North America CEO at Aon’s commercial risk and health solutions unit.

Commenting on the appointment, Pat Ryan said: “We believe there is significant retail client need and growth opportunity across employee benefits and are excited to be launching Ryan Specialty Benefits. John Zern is the perfect individual to lead this effort for our company.”

“I’ve known John for many years and have seen firsthand 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.”

Zern said: “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.”

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