Tom Peach is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for North America Commercial of Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich). Mr. Peach has been a long-serving and key member of Zurich's North American Operations team and has extensive insurance knowledge, especially in the area of underwriting and agent/broker automation channels. Mr. Peach joined Zurich North America in 1999. Since that time, he has held various technology and management positions within the organization. Prior to being appointed CIO in 2010, Mr. Peach was the Director of the Underwriting technology solutions team, which focuses on implementing strategic technology solutions across all of Zurich in North America. During this tenure in the underwriting solutions area, Mr. Peach gained expertise in underwriting automation including policy administration, agency upload/download, rating and print technologies. Mr. Peach was an industry pioneer for the distribution of commercial lines through the internet. He also holds two patents for agency automation solutions. As CIO for Zurich North America Commercial, Mr. Peach is responsible for end-to-end delivery of all technology services including application development, infrastructure and desktop services. His technology team is comprised of approximately 1700 team members who are employed by both Zurich and various sourcing partners. In addition to significant work experience in IT, Mr. Peach has an Information Systems Management degree from the University of Maryland. He has also participated in executive course work from Northwestern Kellogg School of Business and the Center for Creative Leadership.