Swiss Re in Canada appointed Sharon Ludlow as CEO and head of its Canadian and English Caribbean operations, effective June 1.

She will succeed Jean-Jacques Henchoz, who will return to Switzerland after five years in Canada.
Ludlow is now chief financial officer of the company. Her background includes senior financial experience in insurance and reinsurance in both the life and P&C industries.

Before Swiss Re, Ludlow was VP, Finance & Administration for Liberty International Underwriters Canada and before that she led the demutualization and IPO for Canada Life Financial, where she also launched an independent subsidiary, Kanetix, an online site for insurance and mortgage purchases.

“Sharon brings a high degree of financial and business acumen to this role and is a respected leader with established credibility across the financial services industry in Canada,” said Pierre Ozendo, chairman and CEO of Swiss Reinsurance America Corp. “We wish to thank Jean-Jacques for his exceptional service and commitment to Swiss Re in Canada and the English Caribbean over the past five years. Thanks to his leadership, this operation has sharpened its client focus and performed very well for the firm.”

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