Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) has appointed Alison Martin to the role of chief executive officer Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and bank distribution, effectively immediately.
Martin succeeds Amanda Blanc who recently left the business.
Martin will continue to oversee the Group Risk Management function for a limited period of time until a suitable successor has been found.
Martin joined Zurich in October 2017 and assumed the role of group chief risk officer in January 2018. During this time she enhanced the strong risk management in all of Zurich’s businesses across regions, including increasing focus on managing the risks from the digital transformation of the industry.
Prior to joining Zurich, Martin worked at Swiss Re, where she was head of life & health business management globally. In her 14 years at Swiss Re, Martin held a series of senior management positions focused on transformation, commercial business and value creation.
Mario Greco, group chief executive officer, said: “Alison is perfectly suited for this role. She is an enthusiastic leader who combines industry expertise with the right mix of customer focus, people management and commercial experience. She is a mature leader with a strong international background. I am confident she will successfully expand our capabilities to meet customer needs in the region. She knows our culture, she knows our business and is well suited to take our EMEA business to the next level.”