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Alex Koslowski to be appointed Head of UK Life as Jim Sykes retires

November 27, 2019

- Jim Sykes to retire; Alex Koslowski to be appointed Zurich’s Head of UK Life
- Alex Koslowski CEO of Royal London Ireland to lead Zurich’s UK Life business

Zurich UK today, Wednesday 27 November 2019) announces that Jim Sykes, Head of UK Life, is to retire at the end of the year after more than three decades with the company.  Alex Koslowski, CEO of Royal London Ireland, will join Zurich in 2020 to lead the UK Life business.

Jim Sykes and Alex Koslowski

Jim Sykes (top right in picture) began his career at Zurich in 1988, working in roles across its Life businesses, including as Chief Operations Officer for Global Life both in EMEA and Asia Pacific.  He has led Zurich UK Life since 2017, delivering consistent profitable growth and reshaping it into a stronger and more agile business.

Tulsi Naidu, Zurich’s UK CEO, said: “It has been my privilege to work with Jim. Under his leadership, the UK Life business has been transformed into a much more focused, customer-centric and competitive franchise. In particular, the re-launch of the retail protection range last year has been crucial in driving our continued growth in this market. I would like to thank him for his outstanding contribution to the business, and wish him the very best for the future.”

Alex Koslowski (left in picture) will join Zurich after 13 years at Royal London Group, where he has been CEO of Royal London Ireland since 2016.  In this role, he has led the expansion of its protection business and transformed its distributor and customer service experience.  Prior to this, he worked in senior roles across the Group, including as Head of Consumer Proposition and Group Strategy Manager.

Tulsi Naidu said:  “Alex has deep experience of the industry and markets we operate in, and an impressive track record of delivering changes that benefit customers and advisers. He is a highly talented leader, who has all the right qualities to help us build on the strong performance of our Life business, and lead our next phase of growth in the protection market.  We look forward to welcoming him to Zurich.

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For further information, please contact:
Chris Johnson
Zurich UK Media Relations
Tel:  07812 265245