Zurich Financial Services Group has appointed Markus Hongler, current CEO of Zurich Switzerland, as the CEO of Zurich Insurance Ireland.

In addition, Mr Hongler will also be appointed to Zurich’s group management board (GMB), effective immediately.

Mr Hongler joined Zurich Switzerland in 1986 where he held a series of management and marketing positions. In 2001, he was appointed CEO of what is now global corporate in Europe. Since January 2006 he has been CEO of Zurich Switzerland. In his new role, Mr Hongler will report to CEO of Europe General Insurance Annette Court.

James Schiro, CEO of Zurich Financial Services Group, said: Markus has achieved tremendous results with our Swiss operations, and has positioned the business as a true leader in this critical market. He will be a welcome addition to the GMB.