He is the brain behind Zurich Insurance’s global growth and innovation strategies

Giovanni Giuliani

Group Head of Strategy, Innovation & Business Development, Zurich Insurance, Zurich, Switzerland

Why you should listen

Giovanni Giuliani’s job entails a deep understanding of what adds value to the lives of almost 80 million customers of Zurich Insurance. He uses a customer-led innovation strategy to expand the business and direct the progress of the insurance industry.

His focus is on the modernization and simplification of the business and the ways of working of 53,000 employees worldwide.

Each year, Giovanni runs the Annual Zurich Innovation World Championship which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to drive the transformation of the insurance industry. The competition is operating in more than 20 countries and gathers the brightest start-ups in the fields of mobility, smart homes and buildings, digital health and financial planning to compete for the next big thing in the insurtech space.

Giovanni’s extensive experience at McKinsey as Senior Partner and Generali as EVP has prepared him for the task of ushering Switzerland’s biggest insurer into the future.

Meet Giovanni at the Worldwebforum where he is a Digital Health Track Speaker.

About Zurich Insurance

Zurich is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets.

With about 53,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 210 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872.


We are Zurich, one global company, with one mission, one ambition, one set of shared values and a clear commitment to our stakeholders: our customers, our people, our shareholders, and the communities in which we live and work.



Giovanni Giuliani joined Zurich Insurance Group in 2016 as Group Chief Strategy, Innovation and Business Development Officer, reporting directly to the Group CEO.

2012 – 2015 Giovanni worked for Generali Assicurazioni where he started in Strategy and was than appointed Managing Director of Generali Investment Management and an Executive Vice Chairman of Generali Real Estate.

Before Generali he was Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company for 15 years, serving large Insurance and Banking Groups across the European markets, USA and Australia.

He holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, and a MD with laude in Chemical Engineering from Pisa University.