Head of technical underwriting – alternative markets
Zurich North America
After spending 18 months living and teaching in Japan, Liz King Kramer returned to the US and heard about a Marsh division called Japanese client services and applied for a job. “I quickly realized that when you work in insurance, you work across the entire spectrum of industries,” she says. “The idea of being exposed to so many business areas while continually learning led me to follow the path to become an underwriter.”
Over the past 25 years, Kramer’s career has spanned risk management, pricing and analytics, product development, international management, and innovation. “Our industry is a strong supporter of resiliency measures, but there is even more we can do,” she says. “While insurers are there to help post-event, there should be more emphasis around pre-event resilience” – something she says Zurich Insurance Group is currently focusing on.
In addition to her daily responsibilities, Kramer is an advocate for D&I within Zurich and the wider industry. She is involved in several insurance associations, including the Association of Professional Insurance Women, and volunteers with Sanctuary for Families, an organization that supports abused women and their families.