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November 2014

Zurich’s Coleman appointed managing director of Commercial Broker business

Zurich today announces the appointment of Richard Coleman as Managing Director of its Commercial Broker business in the UK with immediate effect.

Coleman has been with the company for 17 years and has led the Commercial Broker business on an interim basis since Dave Smith took over as CEO of the leading insurer’s UKGI operation in the summer and will continue to be supported by Roy Standish and the heads of regional broker markets and segments.


Commenting on the appointment, CEO of UKGI Dave Smith, said:

Richard has been the stand out candidate throughout our search for a new MD – not only with the skills and qualities to lead Commercial Broker right now, but also to steer the business through the market, technological and societal challenges of the future.

“The Commercial Broker business and market it serves are close to my heart following a decade at the helm and it’s fantastic that we are able to appoint someone from within our own ranks. It really is testament to the wealth of talent we have in the organisation and I know that Richard will have the continued support of our exceptionally strong market team.”


Richard Coleman, new Managing Director of Commercial Broker, comment on his appointment:

“I’m obviously delighted to be asked to take over the leadership role on a permanent basis, and with the last few months in the interim role it means there will be no slowdown in the momentum we’re building in the market, nor any deviation from the core strategy and values we work to.

“I’m privileged to have the backing of a great team, full of market-leading expertise and a commitment to our brokers and customers at every level of the business – and I look forward to what we’ll be able to achieve together.”

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