SWITZERLAND – Zurich Financial Services (Zurich) has appointed Axel Lehmann to head up its Northern European business operations.

Lehmann, already a member of Zurich’s management board, replaces Heinrich Focke, who has taken up chairmanship of the German insurance company, Gerling group.

Lehmann joined Zurich in 1996 as a member of the executive management of Zurich Switzerland. His position prior to this latest move was as head of business development division for private customers, small and medium enterprises and wholesale.

The Northern Europe region is part of Zurich’s newly created Continental Europe Business Division.