New head for Zurich’s UK Life business and new Managing Director for Zurich Municipal

Zurich today announces the appointment of Anne Torry as Head of its Life business in the UK, and CEO of its legal entities Zurich Assurance Ltd and Sterling ISA Managers Limited.

Anne, who has been with Zurich since 1995 and brings with her a wealth of leadership experience, will move into her new role on July 1, 2016. As Head of UK Life, she will be based in Swindon and will report to UK Country Head, Vibhu Sharma.

For the last five years Anne has been Managing Director of the public sector insurance arm of Zurich’s UK General Insurance business (UKGI), driving growth and putting customers at the heart of the operation.

Anne takes over from Jim Sykes, who has been interim CEO since Gary Shaughnessy left in January to become CEO Zurich Global Life. Jim will now return to his role as UK Life Chief Operating Officer and Head of In-force Management.

“I’m delighted to announce Anne’s appointment as Head of UK Life, and that we have been able to recruit into this challenging role from Zurich’s strong internal talent pool,” said Shaughnessy.

“Her leadership experience in the UK market, combined with her background running both businesses and functions within them, make her the ideal choice.”

Anne said: “I’m joining UK Life at a very exciting time as it faces all the opportunities and challenges in the market driven by both customer demand and regulatory and Government changes.

“I look forward to working with the business’s excellent and experienced team, and with our intermediaries, to continue developing new solutions to meet our customers’ needs within this complex market place.”

Prior to leading Zurich Municipal, Anne was Chief Operating Officer for Zurich’s UK General Insurance business (UKGI) for four years. During her time in this role she led the transformation of UKGI, as well as being responsible for shared services for the Global Corporate and UK Life businesses.

Her permanent replacement as Zurich Municipal Managing Director will be Andrew Jepp, who has been with Zurich for 22 years and is currently Anne’s deputy and Director of Public Sector.

As Director of Public Sector, Andrew has been responsible for delivery of the Zurich Municipal customer proposition as well as financial and business plans across all areas of the public sector, including local government, emergency services, social housing, education, health and charities.

He brings to the role a wealth of experience in the public sector, having begun his career at Municipal Mutual Insurance prior to joining Zurich. He is a non-executive Director and Chairman of both a specialist housing association in South London and a specialist National insurance intermediary.

Vibhu Sharma, CEO of Zurich’s UK General Insurance business and UK Country Head, said: “Anne has done a fantastic job of leading our public sector business and I’m delighted that Andrew, who has played such a leading role in her team, can now continue to drive that success.”

Andrew added: “I have enjoyed working with Anne, and I’m looking forward to taking on this great new challenge, ensuring that we build on everything that has been achieved so far under her leadership.”