Zurich Insurance appointed one executive to run its Nordic business and expanded his management facility. He replaces another executive who will take on a new leadership role. The Standard promoted an executive in its compliance division.


Zurich Insurance Group appointed Dirk De Nil as CEO of Nordics, in addition to his current role as CEO Benelux, expanding his management responsibility in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

He succeeds David Haak, who will take on the role of strategic adviser to the EMEA leadership team. These changes are effective immediately.

De Nil first joined Zurich in 2008 in Hong Kong as chief operating officer for the Asia Pacific region. He went on to become head of Operations, Property & Casualty, and later head of Sales and Distribution, Property & Casualty, before moving to Morocco in 2014. De Nil has been CEO Benelux since February 2018.

Haak joined Zurich in Sweden in 2004 in his early professional career and rejoined the company in 2010 as country manager Sweden. He became CEO of Nordics in 2013. In his new role, Haak will leverage his extensive experience and relationships with customers and brokers to help strengthen and grow the existing business and explore new market opportunities.

De Nil will continue to report to both James Shea, CEO for Commercial Insurance, and Neil Freshwater, CEO of Zurich Insurance plc, Zurich’s main legal entity for writing non-life insurance business in Europe, based in Ireland. Haak will report to De Nil and continue reporting to Freshwater.


Standard Insurance Company promoted Camille Tourje to second vice president, compliance officer.

In her new role, Tourje will lead the company’s corporate and product compliance functions while ensuring the company’s policies and procedures promote the company’s customer-centric values as well as statutory and regulatory requirements.

Tourje joined The Standard’s legal department in 2011. Her most recent role was director of Compliance where she managed a team of compliance professionals who ensured the company’s businesses complied with applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

Sources: Zurich Insurance, The Standard