Zurich - Chief Data Officer
Professional Biography : Anita Fernqvist has had responsibility for defining and delivering the UK data strategy since January 2016, during which she has conducted a complete review of the UK data landscape and organisation, and has since implemented a large change programme encompassing people, process and technology revolutionising how the general insurance business leverages data. Anita works alongside the UK COO with ownership for the UK Operations strategy and deputising on his behalf. Anita joined Zurich in 2005 from IBM, and has since worked in the Zurich UK business in Operations, initially in project and programme management, responsible for leading the UK implementation of a pan-European programme alongside setting up a business change and IT function for the Direct business. This was followed by a number of years supporting the UK COO as strategic assistant in parallel to having responsibility for defining and running the Central Operations function (now Operational Excellence). This has included redefining strategy, restructuring, optimising and running Sourcing and supplier management, PMO, Lean, Print Operations, running and renegotiating General Insurance’s biggest BPO outsourcing contract, in addition through this time managing several strategic restructures/initiatives for the UK business. Prior to joining Zurich, Anita worked for IBM from 2002 - 2005 where she graduated second in class from the graduate training programme working across the Communications and Defence sectors in delivery and sales. Prior to this Anita worked at Hewlett Packard European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, conducted in vacations alongside her studies. Anita is a Swiss national and is bi-lingual English/French, with Swedish, Spanish and German language skills. Anita is PMP qualified and holds an MBA and Bachelors in Economics and Management Science from Southampton University.
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