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Zurich chief Leitch to retire after 33 years with group

Zurich Financial Services UK chief executive Sandy Leitch is to retire in the spring.

Leitch, 56, is also chief executive for the Irish, South African and Asia Pacific businesses and has been with the group for 33 years. He started as an IT designer with Allied Dunbar and become Dunbar chief executive, later leading British American Financial Services (UK and International). He joined Zurich in 1998 when it merged with the financial services arm of BAT Industries. He was chairman of the ABI from 1998 to 2000.

He has enjoyed a mixed relationship with IFAs, with some believing he has had a positive effect on Zurich during his tenure while others are less keen on his style.

Leitch says: “My work has been a huge part of my life and I am proud to have worked with so many fine colleagues and friends. I feel now is the time for a new chapter in my life. I shall have many wonderful memories.”

Wentworth Rose managing director Philip Rose says: “He has probably served his time. Zurich has had its difficulties but who hasn&#39t? He has been a strong strategic push for Zurich and the company has gained a lot of recognition over his time.”

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