Swiss Re appoints CEO UK & Ireland

By: Swiss Re

Swiss Re Appoints Tava Madzinga CEO UK & Ireland

Swiss Re has announced that Tavaziva (‘Tava’) Madzinga has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re in the UK & Ireland (UKI), effective 1 January 2019. Tava, currently Market Executive for the Middle East & Africa across both P&C and L&H, will be based in London and remain a member of the EMEA Management Team.

Tava joined Swiss Re in Zurich on 1 November 2016 from leading South African insurer Old Mutual, where he was Regional CEO for South & East Africa. In his 16-year career at Old Mutual, he held several roles with ascending responsibility, including COO Old Mutual Africa, CEO for Old Mutual Kenya and CEO for Old Mutual Nigeria.  He has lived and worked in Switzerland, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

With a BSc in Actuarial Science from the University of Cape Town, Tava has also studied at INSEAD Business School in France and Harvard University.  He is a Fellow of the UK’s Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa.

The search for Tava’s successor in MEA has been initiated and will be announced once an appointment has been made. Tava succeeds Frank O’Neill who left Swiss Re in September to pursue other interests.

Russell Higginbotham, CEO Reinsurance EMEA 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.”