Zurich Financial Services Group has appointed Markus Nordlin as a new chief information technology officer (CITO) and member of the group management board, effective September 1, 2010. Mr Nordlin will succeed Michael Paravicini, who will retire.

Mr Nordlin will continue the transformational journey that Zurich and group IT have undertaken and leverage these capabilities to support Zurich to achieve its business goals.

He will report into Kristof Terryn, group head of operations and will be located in Zurich, Switzerland.

Mr Nordlin joined Zurich in 1999 from Accenture. Since 2004 he served as the group IT key account executive for the Farmers Insurance Group, responsible for developing the IT Roadmaps supporting Farmers’ business strategy across all business units and functions.

Most recently, he has been responsible for managing Zurich’s service agreement with CSC for the provision of data center and IT infrastructure services in Europe and North America, covering data center centralization and server virtualization.