Personal PensionMay 28 2013

Pru’s O’Dwyer defects to Standard Life

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Barry O’Dwyer, deputy chief executive of UK and Europe at Prudential, is to join Standard Life.

Paul Matthews, chief executive of UK and Europe at Standard Life, said the provider has ambitious plans for the growth of a workplace business.

Prudential UK & Europe said it has appointed John Warburton to managing director of retail life and pensions, and will be responsible for retail sales, distribution, corporate pensions, products and marketing. He was previously product director at Prudential UK & Europe

The appointment is effective immediately.

Mr O’Dwyer said: “I am very excited to be joining Standard Life at such a pivotal time. Standard Life’s approach to workplace pensions is the best in the business. It’s driven by a clear understanding of the issues that face millions of people in the UK today.

“This customer focus, the company’s values and their passion for making a difference is what attracted me to this role. I look forward to helping them achieve their ambitions.”

Mr Warburton added: “I am looking forward to the challenge of leading our retail life and pensions business, and strengthening our position as a market leader in with-profits, annuities and investments.

“We have a clear strategy, a compelling set of strategic assets and great momentum, and my aim is to build on these to ensure our future success.”