ABI director of life and savings, Maggie Craig, has been appointed its first director of Scottish affairs.
It says the switch recognises the increasing importance of the insurance industry in Scottish daily life, on issues such as flood risk management and personal injury reform.
"This is an important appointment, and reflects the reputation of Scotland as a leader and innovator within the global financial services industry," ABI director general Stephen Haddrill says.
"Whether decisions are taken in Edinburgh, London or Brussels, we will ensure the views and interests of our Scottish members and their customers are represented."
Craig adds: "The insurance industry serves almost every family in Scotland, and millions of people throughout the UK and overseas.
"It is home to many major financial businesses, and in these difficult times it is more important than ever that ABI is representing them."
Joined as head of strategy, multi asset, in June
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