ZA Group's History

It all started 1997...

History

It all started 1997 first in Limassol and soon thereafter in Hamburg with a handful of employees, and here we are now with a worldwide network of companies in presently more than a dozen countries with well over 140 staff, servicing all aspects of the transportation industry and also non-marine commerce – not too bad, as we feel, for two master mariners who still have both feet on deck.


1996

In 1996 we came up with the concept of catering for clients‘ risk management demands in a new manner, utilising experts and professionals from the industry to fill a gap that we saw was not being catered for appropriately by larger industry players.

1997 – 2000

The Zeller Associates Group was founded in 1997 by Dr. Harald Zeller and Capt. Richard Chalhoub.

It all started first in Limassol and soon thereafter in Hamburg with a handful of employees, and here we are now with a worldwide network of companies in presently more than a dozen countries with well over 140 staff, servicing all aspects of the transportation industry and also non-marine commerce – not too bad, as we feel, for two master mariners who still have both feet on deck.

Its primary focus has always been its Clients and ensuring the provision of tailor-made solutions to satisfy their needs. Combining the in-depth experience of its employees and the world-wide network of offices, the global nature of risks and insurance business is fully “covered” by the ZA Group.

These principles were established in 1997 when the companies Zeller Associates and ZARIS were founded as the first operational plattforms, and they continue to be a mainstay of the Group’s ethos today.

Although the Group was initially launched with presences only in Hamburg and Limassol, already in May 1997 a representative office was opened in Moscow.

2001 – 2004

A decision was made to expand to Latin America in November 2001, by opening an office in Buenos Aires. In 2002, further branch offices were opened in Leer, Germany to cater for the German/Dutch Ems region and later for the emerging Russian market in Vladivostok and Kaliningrad.

2005 – 2007

In 2005, offices were opened in Beirut and later in 2007 further presences in Latin America – following on from the success in Argentina – in Sao Paulo and Montevideo to cater for the growing Latin American market.

2008 – 2011

In 2008 an office in Zurich was established to enhance our connections with our Swiss customers and locally present international finance circles.
In 2010 and 2011 we further enlarged our presence in Latin America and we are also stepped into the Asia Pacific market. In this context we established additional offices in Mexico, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

2012 – today

In 2012 London – as the major international Marine market – became another principal location of the Group and in 2013, an additional office in Jeddah / KSA was established.