Meet the Leadership Team

The Affluent Markets Group team consists of knowledgeable and driven professionals ready to help you meet the life insurance needs of your clients. Take a few minutes to learn more about our leadership team. Feel free to contact any member of our team if you have any questions or comments.

David Dietz
CEO Global Life North America

David Dietz is CEO of the Zurich American Life Insurance Company based in New York. He joined Zurich in September 2009. Before joining Zurich, David was President at AIG Life Wealth Management Group, responsible for AIG's Global Affluent and high net worth life insurance markets segments

Prior to that, David was Chairman and CEO of the Affluent and Corporate Markets profit center of American General, AIG's U.S. life operation. David joined American General in 1997 as President and CEO of United States Life Insurance Company, then a subsidiary of American General. Prior to joining American General, David was President and Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Select Life Insurance Company. David began his career as an advanced underwriting attorney at Mutual of New York, and subsequently held senior positions at a number of insurance and distributions business including First Financial Resources Inc. and Integrated Resources Life Companies.

David is a member of the New York State Bar, the American Bar Association and the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting. He served on the Board of Directors of the General Agents and Managers Association of New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College and his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.

Dennis H. Roberts
North American Head of IFA Affluent Life Group Zurich

Dennis H. Roberts serves as President of the Zurich Global Life, U.S. Affluent Markets business unit. A 32-year life insurance industry veteran, Dennis joined Zurich in October 2009. Prior to joining Zurich, he was with American General Life for 15 years where he served as President of the Independent Agency Group.

Dennis holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida. He has earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), and Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) professional designations. Dennis holds his Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 24, 7 and 63 licenses and is a member of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU).

Dennis is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He, his wife Diane, their three adult children and five grandchildren live in Houston, TX.

Bill Guterding
Senior Vice President, Chief Underwriting Officer
Zurich Global Life, U.S. Affluent Markets

Bill Guterding serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer. He began his career in the life insurance industry in 1975 as an underwriter with The Manhattan Life Insurance Company. In 1980 he moved to the United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York as a senior underwriter and was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriter in 1991. Bill served in the same capacity for American General with the Independent Agency Group in 2008.

Bill holds the industry designations of Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Fellow, Academy of Life Underwriting (FALU). He is also a former chairman of the Metropolitan Underwriting Discussion Group (MUD).

Bill is married and lives with his wife, Susan, and their two adult children in Plainview, NY.

Melissa A. Haag
Vice President, IFA Marketing
Zurich Global Life, U.S. Affluent Markets

Melissa A. Haag serves as Vice President of Marketing for the Affluent Markets Group. A 20-year financial industry veteran, Melissa joined Zurich in September 1995. She began her life insurance career at Zurich on the service side of the organization. She transitioned into sales and marketing in 1999 as Vice President of National Accounts. In this role, Melissa coordinated and managed the strategic partnership with Zurich’s primary retail distribution partner. She possesses in-depth knowledge of annuity and life insurance products, distribution, marketing and service.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin — Parkside. She holds her Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7, Series 6 and Series 63 licenses and is a member of the Insured Retirement Institute.

Melissa and her husband, Michael, reside in Johnsburg, IL.



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