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Zurich appoints customer services director

Zurich Financial Services is appointing Rodney Cook as customer solutions director for its UK life business.

Cook will be responsible for building a customer solutions team to work alongside the group&#39s two main life distribution channels, Allied Dunbar and Zurich IFA.

A qualified actuary, Cook joins from AMP who he worked for 22 years in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Zurich UK, Ireland and international life business chief executive Ray Greenshields says: “Rodney has very strong views on consumer value maximisation and the design, development and distribution of financial solutions.”


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