Gross written premiums less treaty (2001): £2.57bn
Includes gross written premiums less treaty for:
Zurich Insurance Company: £1.9bn
Zurich Specialities London: £360m
Eagle Star Insurance: £171m
Zurich International UK: £117m
Zurich GSG: £5m
Address:22 Arlington Street, London, SW1A 1RW
Tel: 023 92822200
History:The UK general insurance business of Zurich Financial Services (UKISA) is part of the global Zurich Financial Services Group and comprises the group's operations in
the UK, Ireland and Southern Africa. It is one of the largest non-life insurers in the UK. Its general business offers a range of insurance products via intermediaries, through the Zurich
brand, and direct to consumers via its Eagle Star brand.
Chief officer: Patrick O'Sullivan
Biography: After qualifying with Arthur Andersen, O'Sullivan joined Bank of America, working in London, Miami, Los Angeles and Frankfurt. He joined the US investment bank
Goldman Sachs in 1988 as financial controller for Europe and, in 1990, he moved to Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC) a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Capital.
O'Sullivan was appointed to the FGIC Board in 1993 before leaving a year later to join BZW as head of banking and project finance, the former investment banking arm of Barclays. In
September 1996, he became BZW's chief operating officer
In September 1997 he joined Eagle Star Insurance Company as chief executive and was appointed CEO, UK general insurance, Zurich Financial Services in September 1998 in
conjunction with the merger of the financial services arm of BAT Industries and the Zurich Group.
He is currently responsible for general insurance in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and for banking in the UK.
Number of UK staff (average for 2002): 6,500
Main lines of business:Home, motor, travel, twins & multiple births, pluvius (heavy rainfall, adverse weather), life, pensions, risk services, new home building guarantees,
commercial, construction, local authorities, public sector including NHS Trusts, yacht and motor boat, international and bonds