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2019 Break Out Awards, Northeast: Haytham Zohny

Posted On: Jun. 1, 2019 12:00 AM CST

Haytham Zohny


Account executive officer

Travelers Cos. Inc.

New York

Age: 32

Knowing nothing about insurance did not stop Haytham Zohny from taking a risk and joining the Travelers Cos. Inc. as an intern in 2008 while studying for a B.A. in business, organizations and society at Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Franklin & Marshall College. After graduation in 2009, he was selected for Travelers’ financial management leadership development program. He joined the national accounts team five years ago as an underwriter and account executive, handling large, complex accounts.

What is the No. 1 concern in your specialty?

With advances in technology and the shortening time frame of new product innovations, the risks within companies are evolving at a rapid pace. Companies today are seeking to determine how best to cover some of these unique and developing exposures. I find that an exciting concern, as it’s a way for the industry to continue transforming and provide creative solutions to meet these advancements.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?

Stay hungry, absorb everything around you. Always be willing to ask questions, because there is always something to learn in the industry no matter how many years you’ve been doing this. Remain humble and, lastly, when it comes time to do so, pay it forward.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

Most people know that I enjoy running as a stress-reliever, but most do not know that I enjoy baking for that same exact reason. I love baking cupcakes and cookies.

What is your favorite app or gadget?

I love to travel, and I also love finding a great deal to travel. Fareness and Skyscanner are two apps that help me accomplish that.

What is your favorite meal?

Anything and everything eggplant, especially a great eggplant parmigiana.


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