Ryan Specialty Group Hires Industry Expert John Zern to Lead Ryan Specialty Benefits

January 4, 2021 | Chicago, IL
– Ryan Specialty Group, LLC (RSG) is pleased to announce John Zern has joined the company as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ryan Specialty Benefits. John 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.

John has extensive employee benefits and insurance experience. He served as CEO, Global Health Solutions & CEO, North America: Commercial Risk and Health Solutions for Aon. For over 30 years, John has advised clients on health and risk strategies working closely with insurance leaders to build innovative solutions addressing some of the biggest challenges facing employers.

Pat Ryan, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Ryan Specialty Group, remarked, “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.”

Commenting on his new directive, John Zern stated, “I am thrilled to be working alongside Pat Ryan and the top talent at RSG to build Ryan Specialty Benefits. 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.”

For additional information, please contact John at: or 312-481-7159.


About Ryan Specialty Group, LLC

Founded in 2010, Ryan Specialty Group, LLC is a leading international specialty insurance organization, which offers wholesale brokerage services, delegated underwriting expertise in the form of binding authorities, programs, and highly specialized managing general underwriting companies, and other services designed specifically for brokers, agents and insurers.

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