James Shea

CEO Commercial Insurance

Nationality: Canadian
Born: 1965

Skills and experience

James Shea began his insurance career at AIG in 1994 as a financial lines underwriter in New York. He joined the American International Underwriters (AIU) division in 1996, where he held several senior underwriting and general management positions. These included senior vice president of International Financial Lines, regional president for Central Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States and managing director of AIG UK. In 2011 he was appointed president of Global Specialty Lines and in 2012 his role was expanded to CEO of Commercial Insurance for AIG in Asia Pacific. Most recently he was President of Global Financial Lines based in New York. During his career, he has worked in Canada, the U.S., UK, France, Japan and Singapore. Mr. Shea joined Zurich in September 2016 as CEO Commercial Insurance and as a member of the Executive Committee effective October 2016.

External appointments


Educational background

Mr. Shea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University, Canada.


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