Zurich,04 February 2021 – Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) has appointed Penny Seach as Chief Underwriting Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective March 1, 2021. Ms. Seach will report to Sierra Signorelli, Group Chief Underwriting Officer, and Alison Martin, CEO of EMEA and Bank Distribution, and be based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Sierra Signorelli, Group Chief Underwriting Officer, said: “EMEA is a critical region for our business and to Zurich’s overall success, and I am very pleased to welcome Penny to the team. She is a passionate leader and brings extensive operational and business line experience to the role. I am confident that she will be a strong partner to the local underwriting teams while helping us further develop and implement our strategy and deliver the best solutions for our customers’ individual needs.”
In her new role, Penny will oversee all facets of the underwriting function in the region and ensure alignment with the Group’s global strategy and governance. In addition, she will focus on driving various underwriting initiatives, such as policy wording updates and the rollout of new platforms as well as enhanced data and analytics tools for Zurich’s underwriting community, working closely with the countries’ local teams.
Ms. Seach has more than 25 years of insurance industry experienced with various multinational insurance companies. She also has a strong track record of leading large diverse teams across geographies and disciplines. Ms. Seach joined Zurich in 2017 and most recently served as CEO of General Insurance, Zurich Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Law from the University of South Africa.
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