Zurich has appointed Anne Torry as head of its life business in the UK, and CEO of its legal entities Zurich Assurance and Sterling ISA Managers.

Torry has been with Zurich since 1995 and will move into her new role on 1 July 2016.

As head of UK Life, she will be based in Swindon and will report to UK country head, Vibhu Sharma.

For the last five years Anne has been managing director of the public sector insurance arm of Zurich’s UK general insurance business (UKGI).

Torry takes over from Jim Sykes, who has been interim CEO since Gary Shaughnessy left in January to become CEO Zurich Global Life.

Sykes will now return to his role as UK Life chief operating officer and head of in-force management.

Shaughnessy said: "I’m delighted to announce Anne’s appointment as head of UK life, and that we have been able to recruit into this challenging role from Zurich’s strong internal talent pool."

Torry said: "I’m joining UK Life at a very exciting time as it faces all the opportunities and challenges in the market driven by both customer demand and regulatory and Government changes.

"I look forward to working with the business’s excellent and experienced team, and with our intermediaries, to continue developing new solutions to meet our customers’ needs within this complex market place."

Her permanent replacement as Zurich municipal managing director will be Andrew Jepp, who has been with Zurich for 22 years and is currently Anne’s deputy and director of public sector.