Zurich, Switzerland - In the latest in a series of insurance-related executive announcements, Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich) announced the appointment of Christian Orator to the position of Global Chief Claims Officer. He will assume his new role as of August 1, 2007. Orator, 44, and a Swiss and Austrian citizen, will succeed Jane Tutoki who was appointed Chief Claims Officer for Zurich North America Commercial.  In his new position, Orator will be responsible for leading a global network of claims professionals and driving continuous improvement in the group's claims capabilities and customer service. He will be report to John Amore, CEO General Insurance, and will be located in Zurich.  Orator currently heads special initiatives within the office of the Group Chief Administrative Office. He has extensive experience in the strategic planning, underwriting and claims fields having held numerous executive and operational positions in Austria, the US, Germany and at Corporate Center since joining Zurich in 1989. These roles include serving as a member of the German Executive Board, responsible for commercial lines and broker distribution. He holds a Ph.D. and master's degree in law from the University of Vienna as well as a master's degree in comparative law from Dickinson School of Law in the United States. Source: Zurich Financial Services Group 

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