Bupa’s Platt to head up Countrywide

Alison Platt has been hired as group chief executive of Countrwide from 1 September, subject to Financial Conduct Authority approval.

From that date Grenville Turner, current group chief executive, will become non-executive chairman and David Watson will become deputy chairman and senior independent director.

Ms Platt joins from Bupa where she has spent more than 20 years in a range of senior roles, including managing director of its UK, Europe and North America division.

Article continues after advert

Most recently she was managing director of Bupa’s International Development Markets business where she grew revenues to more than £1bn.

Ms Platt said: “I am excited to be joining such an ambitious company as Countrywide and becoming part of the talented team that helps more people than anyone else in the UK move home.

“I am looking forward to working with our award winning employees to provide a first class service to all our customers and helping the group become even more successful.

“I firmly believe that there are significant opportunities available for Countrywide as an integrated player to further strengthen its business and performance through the recovery of the UK property market.”