Country: Switzerland
Net premiums written 1999:
$4,649m (£3,271.9m)

Head office:
Ambassador House
Talackerstraße 1
8152 Opfikon-Glattbrugg
Tel: +41 1 628 28 28
Fax: +41 1 628 29 29

Parent: Zurich Financial Services Group
Main classes of business: Bankers' blanket bond, computer crime, D&O, professional indemnity, property, liability and personal insurance, risk management and vehicle fleets

The Zurich Financial Services Group was created in September 1998, through the merger of the Zurich Group with the financial services business of BAT Industries. Through a dual holding structure, Zurich Financial Services was owned 57% by Swiss-quoted Zurich Allied AG, representing the former shareholders of Zurich Insurance Company, and 43% by London-listed Allied Zurich – the demerged financial services interests from the former BAT Industries.

On October 17, 2000, the structure was simplified and the Allied Zurich and Zurich Allied shares were replaced by Zurich Financial Services shares with a primary listing in Zurich (ticker symbol: ZURN) and a secondary listing in London (ticker symbol: ZURN.L).

Chief officer: Peter Eckert
Biography: Peter Eckert is a member of the executive committee of the group management board and, as chief executive officer of Zurich Switzerland, responsible for the business division Switzerland and Principality of Liechtenstein. In addition, he has oversight responsibility for the northern and southern European regions.