Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) has appointed Peter Kasahara to the new role of Chief Data Officer (CDO).
Kasahara will oversee all aspects of data management and to help drive the group’s digital transformation.
Leading global data management and governance, he will help develop new data analytics capabilities and products, whilst expanding Zurich’s machine learning competencies.
Kasahara will be based in Zurich, Switzerland, and report to Ericson Chan, Group Chief Information and Digital Officer.
He joins from PwC, where he was the Managing Partner for PwC Digital Intelligence, providing corporate customers with data advice and solutions for their digital transformation.
Before joining PwC, he held various senior leadership roles at IBM, including General Manager of IBM iX in Europe and General Manager of Analytics and Strategy Consulting in Europe.
During his 14 years at IBM, Kasahara successfully launched two business units to optimize data analytics capabilities and integrated three acquired companies.
Chan commented: “Peter is an accomplished and highly experienced data intelligence and digitalization professional and I am excited to welcome him to the company.
“As we advance our customer-focused strategy, we are increasingly putting our customer’s data and insights to work in a responsible, transparent and ethical manner to improve customer experience.
“Peter’s appointment is another step towards our goal of taking a leadership position in building trust in how global companies use data and technology for good.”