Zurich International Life has reorganized its bank distribution function in the Middle East and Africa by creating two new senior roles, head of international bank distribution and head of local bank distribution.
The changes follow the appointment of David Cockerton as head of customer relationship management for Zurich Global Life in Asia Pacific and Middle East effective 1 October.
Cockerton, who was head of bank distribution in Middle East and Africa, will report to Walter Jopp, head of distribution, Asia Pacific and Middle East .Cockerton has worked for Zurich since 1994 in senior roles in Hong Kong, UK and UAE.
Following Cockerton’s move, Andrew Dawson has been appointed as head of international bank distribution for Zurich International Life, MEA, with immediate effect.
A head of local bank distribution will also be recruited to develop Zurich’s relationships and business with local banks based in region, the company said, adding Cockerton will act as head of local bank distribution until a successor is confirmed.
Dawson would report to Jawed Barna, chief executive officer for MEA.
"We understand local and international banks have a different set of challenges and needs. We decided to further optimize our bank distribution function to ensure we provide a dedicated and tailored service that is the best in the region,” said Barna, CEO for Zurich International Life, MEA.
Dawson will develop Zurich’s business with international banks in the region, which will include management of the private banking solutions team.
He has been with Zurich since 2007, working in various senior distribution
roles across the Group. Prior to joining the MEA team, he was based in Zurich corporate center in Switzerland working in retail distribution.