Zurich Financial Services Group has appointed Guy Munnoch, 54, to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), General Insurance in the United Kingdom, effective January 1, 2007. In this role he will report to Dieter Wemmer, CEO Europe General Insurance, and be part of the Executive Committee for Europe General Insurance. The appointment is subject to regulatory approval. Zurich is the 3rd largest general and commercial insurer in the UK.
Munnoch joined the Zurich Group in 1997 as director responsible for fee-based services at Zurich Municipal, the leading provider of risk and insurance solutions to Britain’s public services. In 1998 he assumed the position of Claims Director before becoming Zurich Municipal’s Managing Director in 2001. In 2005, he was appointed Managing Director for Zurich Commercial and Municipal, which was formed through the merger of Zurich’s commercial U.K. businesses.
Wemmer commented: “I am delighted that Guy will take over this role in one of our most important markets. His broad industry experience along with his leadership skills will allow him to lead our general insurance business in the UK to the next level.”
Zurich also announced that Ian Stuart, CEO-General Insurance in the UK since 2004, will retire on December 31, 2006. He joined what was then Shield Insurance in Ireland in 1980, and subsequently became CEO of Eagle Star, General Insurance in Dublin for almost ten years before he was appointed to the position in the UK.
Wemmer stated: “I would like to thank Ian for his outstanding service to the Group over many years and in particular for the significant contribution he has made to the evolution of the general insurance operating model since his appointment two years ago. We wish him well for his retirement.”
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