Unum Provident operations director Susan Ring is to succeed Lawrence Churchill as chairwoman and managing director of the disability specialist after he was headhunted by Zurich Financial Services.
She will take immediate control at the UK arm of the US giant, which is best known in the UK for its group and individual income protection and group critical-illness products.
Earlier this year, it entered the individual CI market with its tiered product Elixia 123, which, while originally receiving mixed reviews, is now a big seller with IFAs.
Ring has been with Unum since 1995, when she joined as director of customer service. She was made operations director in 2000.
US parent Unum Provident Corporate chairman Harold Chandler says: “Susan brings vision, leadership and strong management skills to the UK operation. She has been with our company for several years and has achieved much during her tenure with Unum Provident.”