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Gloucestershire based Ecclesiastical appoints Mark Hews as Group Chief Executive Officer

PUBLISHED: 14:15 10 May 2013

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office has announced that Mark Hews as Group Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Mark joined Ecclesiastical in April 2009 as Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc. Over the past four years he has played a major role in transforming the business, managing and leading a number of significant initiatives which have enhanced the Group’s financial strength and profitability. These have included leading a highly successful capital raising exercise and the transformation of Ecclesiastical Investment Management. With over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry he has undertaken a variety of roles on the Boards of HSBC Life, M&S Life and Aviva Healthcare.

Will Samuel, Chairman of Ecclesiastical, said: “Speaking on behalf of the Board and as Chairman, I am delighted that we have appointed Mark as CEO of the Group. His appointment follows a comprehensive search process that produced a shortlist of exceptional candidates.

“Mark has an outstanding track record. He also benefits from having a strong understanding of each of the Group’s businesses; and an appreciation of the Group’s unique history and culture, both of which have played a major part in its success to date.

“Mark inherits a financially strong underlying business, a professional management team and highly committed staff. The Board and I are confident that he will not only execute the current strategy and plans, but also lead the Group forward successfully into its next stage of development over the medium term.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Tripp for his commitment and contribution to the Board and company over the last six years. Michael’s achievements have been considerable and have helped reshape Ecclesiastical.”

Mark Hews said: “It is a privilege to lead Ecclesiastical. This is a business with a unique heritage and positioning, an excellent reputation with customers and business partners in the markets in which it operates, and skilled, talented and dedicated people throughout the organisation.

“We clear plans in place that address the immediate challenges facing the business and the longer term objectives of delivering profitable growth. As we move to the next stage of our development, we will get out on the road to listen to Ecclesiastical’s stakeholders, including customers, brokers, investors and staff.

“I’m very excited about the future prospects for the Group and look forward to working with the Board, management team and our colleagues on implementing the strategy, taking the business forward and ultimately increasing the return we deliver to our charitable parent.”

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