Suzanne Dowd Zeller
Chief Human Resources Officer
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Suzanne Dowd Zeller is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®). In this role, Zeller leads the Human Resources and Facilities departments, where she is responsible for setting strategy and leading the HR and Facilities teams to improve business results and increase employee engagement. During Zeller’s time with the company, Allianz Life has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list and was also honored as a “Best Place to Work” by the Star Tribune and “Top Workplace” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Prior to joining Allianz Life in 2010, Zeller was vice president and director of human resources for the international wealth management business of Hartford Life, Inc., a subsidiary of The Hartford Financial Services Group. In this role, she was responsible for providing strategic human resources support to Hartford Life's businesses in Japan, Europe, and Brazil. She was instrumental in the startup of Hartford’s European operations in Dublin, London, and Frankfurt. Prior to that, Zeller ran her own consulting practice that specialized in executive coaching, business strategy planning, and leadership development. She has also held senior human resource and organizational effectiveness positions at a number of insurance and reinsurance companies including Swiss Re, MetLife, American Re, and Chubb Executive Risk.
Zeller is a member of the board of directors for the Jungle Theater and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, where she also chairs their HR Committee.
Zeller earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the State University of New York and attended Baruch School of Business in New York City. She also has many organizational effectiveness and training certifications.