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Leitch heads New Deal team

Zurich Financial Services chief executive Sandy Leitch is to become the new chairman of Chancellor Gordon Brown&#39s New Deal Task Force for the young unemployed.

Leitch, who recently finished his term as chairman of the ABI, will replace Sainsbury group chief executive and former Prudential chief executive Sir Peter Davis as the head of the committee.

The committee aims to provide work and training opportunities for young people aged between 18 and 25.

Announcing the appointment, Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett said: “I am pleased to welcome the arrival of Sandy Leitch as the new chairman of the taskforce.

“I look forward to working with him on the development of New Deal and to drawing upon his tremendous business track record, personal values and involvement with the Government on community-based projects.”

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