Today Old Mutual plc announces the following changes in its senior operational management roles:
Sue Kean has been appointed Group Risk Officer and will join the Group Executive Committee from 1 January 2012. Sue joined Old Mutual in July 2010 as Head of Governance and Regulatory Compliance. In this role she has led the continued development of the Group Governance Framework and the Group Operating Model and has also managed our relationship with the Financial Services Authority.
Mark Baxter, who has been appointed deputy Chief Risk Officer as well as Group Chief Actuary, and Jason Baker, Group Head of Risk, will report to Sue directly.
Sue's appointment follows the decision by Andrew Birrell, the current Group Risk and Actuarial Director, that this is the right time for him to leave Old Mutual and pursue new challenges, given the significantly improved risk position and risk management framework that the Group has achieved over the past two years.
Julian Roberts, Group Chief Executive, commented: "I welcome Sue to the Group Executive Committee; she has many years of experience in the management of risk and governance at several international insurance groups.
"I want to acknowledge the important contribution Andrew has made during his four years with the Group through transforming Old Mutual plc's Risk and Actuarial capabilities and building a talented team around him. First in South Africa and then at Group level in London, he has led the development of a top class risk management and actuarial function which has been recognised as an industry leader in preparing Old Mutual for Solvency II.
"In addition, he has made critical contributions in resolving key risk issues that arose during the financial crisis, including those in the U.S. Life business and Bermuda and as a member of the Group Executive Committee, in delivering the turnaround of the Old Mutual Group"
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