Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) has appointed Frank Verkerk to the new role of Group Chief Platform Officer to accelerate the development of digital services to meet rapidly changing customer needs.
He joins Zurich on August 16, 2021, from ABN Amro, where he was Chief Digital Officer and responsible for digital transformation. In his new role, Mr. Verkerk will focus on enabling open platforms with third parties for Zurich businesses to quickly develop and integrate next generation insurance-as-a-service solutions.
Mr. Verkerk will work closely with Zurich’s Global Business Platforms business unit, under the leadership of Jack Howell, to accelerate development of digital and modular services. He will be based in Zurich, Switzerland, and report to Ericson Chan, Group Chief Information and Digital Officer.
“I am delighted to welcome Frank to the team”, said Mr. Chan. “Frank has a very strong background and understanding of the digital business and data transformation, and is a proven and skilled leader. It is our priority to continuously strengthen our capabilities to deliver superior solutions to our customers. I have every confidence that Frank will help us elevate our digital platform strategy to position Zurich for long-term success.”
During his time at ABN Amro, the bank’s digital share of total sales grew rapidly and it became a market leader in video enabled advisory services for customers. In addition, Mr. Verkerk initiated and chaired ABN Amro’s Corporate Venture Capital fund, AA Ventures, specializing in FinTech. Earlier in his career, he founded various digital companies, including MoneYou, a challenger digital bank, which was launched in four European countries, and the P2P payment platform Tikkie, one of the largest B2B2C platforms in The Netherlands.
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Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 55,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 215 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at www.zurich.com.