With a career spanning more than 30 years in the insurance market Julie Page took up the helm of insurer Aon UK in 2018 and currently leads its commercial risk, health and affinity businesses.
Ms Page, who also sits on the Financial Conduct Authority's practitioner panel, replaces Nick Turner in the presidency role at CII.
Mr Turner is currently the sales and agency director of NFU Mutual but is set to take up the role of chief executive at the insurer in April next year.
Ms Page said: "At any time, it would be a privilege to be appointed as president of the CII; but now, with the unprecedented health crisis and economic interruption caused by Covid-19, the need for us to continue to focus on trust in our products and services increases both the privilege and responsibility I feel in accepting this honour.
"The opportunity to work with the best minds from all sides of our profession, to gain recognition of the valuable work that we already do, and to find ways to accelerate our efforts to respond to customer needs is something I am extremely excited about."
Peter Blanc, chief executive of insurance broker Aston Lark, has been appointed as deputy president at the CII.
The professional body usually appoints a new president at its annual general meeting in the summer, but due to the coronavirus crisis the meeting and presidency appointments were postponed until today (October 8).
Sian Fisher, chief executive of the CII, said: "I would like to thank Nick for extending his tenure as president during these challenging times and for his focus on building a greater level of consumer trust in our profession.
"I am delighted to have Julie as our new president and look forward to working with her on how our profession can unite to best serve society, both now and during less stressful times."
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