Zurich UK Life recruits new CFO from Ageas

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Zurich has hired a new chief financial officer for its UK life business, recruiting the finance director of fellow insurer Ageas.

Helen Pickford will join the business after more than eight years as Ageas’ finance director, succeeding current chief financial officer Neil Evans when he retires on 1 April.

Evans departs the firm after 28 years, having first joined Allied Dunbar in 1987 to serve as chief accountant, prior to its acquisition by the Swiss giant.

In addition to her time at Ageas, Pickford spent more than 15 years at Royal Sun Alliance, now RSA, including helming the firm’s investor relations operation.

Interim Zurich chief executive Jim Sykes says: “Helen’s broad expertise will be crucial as we adapt to the changing needs of customers in the new pensions landscape, and continue to drive the profitable growth of our business.”