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Monday 28 January, 2008

Zurich Finan Servs

Zurich signs with Tony Blair

Zurich Financial Services
28 January 2008

Zurich signs advisory agreement with Tony Blair

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Zurich, January 28, 2008 - Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich) today
announced that it has signed an advisory agreement with Tony Blair, former Prime
Minister of Great Britain.

As part of the agreement, Mr. Blair will advise Zurich's Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) James J. Schiro, and provide general guidance on developments and trends
in the international political environment.

Specifically, he will help advise and collaborate with Zurich on its Climate
Initiative announced last week, and work closely with its newly launched Climate
Change Advisory Council (please see respective announcement on

Tony Blair said: 'I am very pleased to be taking on this role advising Zurich
and in particular supporting its Climate Initiative. There is a consensus now
that the challenge of climate change is real, and what we need now are the
policy solutions to turn that concern into action. That's why Zurich's work to
look at how business, and in particular the insurance sector, can play its part
is so crucial, and why I welcome the chance to help them with it.'

'We are excited about the considerable expertise and experience that Tony Blair
brings to Zurich's Group management in his role as strategic advisor', remarked
Zurich's CEO James J. Schiro. 'His appointment sits alongside other initiatives
where Zurich has partnered with external thought leaders to challenge and
enhance our operational and strategic thinking. We are particularly pleased with
the input he will be able to provide to our recently launched Climate

Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich) is an insurance-based financial
services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North
America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets.
Founded in 1872, the Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. It employs
approximately 58,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries.

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