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Zurich - changes at the top

Zurich has promoted Anne Torry (pictured) to the post of head of its life business in the UK, and chief executive of Zurich Assurance plc and Sterling Investment Managers Limited.

Her replacement as Zurich Municipal managing director will be Andrew Jepp (pictured), who has been with Zurich for 22 years.

Ms Torry was previously managing director of the public sector insurance arm of Zurich’s UK general insurance business.

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