Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re has announced the appointment of Tavaziva Madzinga as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Swiss Re in the UK & Ireland, effective January 1st, 2019.
Currently, Madzinga is Market Executive for the Middle East & Africa across both P&C and L&H, and based in London, he will continue to serve as a member of the EMEA Management Team.
He joined the reinsurer in Zurich in November 2016 from South African insurer Old Mutual, where he was Regional CEO for South & East Africa. While at Old Mutual, a career that spanned 16 years, he held numerous roles including Chief Operating Officer (COO) Old Mutual Africa, CEO for Old Mutual Kenya, and CEO for Old Mutual Nigeria.
Russell Higginbotham, CEO of Reinsurance, EMEA, Swiss Re, said: “I am delighted to have Tava as the leader of our business in the UK and Ireland. His strong and successful leadership of the Middle East & Africa region shows that he is the ideal candidate to lead and grow our UKI business. This appointment also shows our intention to continuously develop and grow the strong bench of talent we have at Swiss Re.”
Madzinga replaces Frank O’Neill, who left the reinsurer in September of this year to pursue other interest. Swiss Re notes that the search for Madzinga’s successor in the Middle East & Africa has begun.