Anne Richards resigns as Chief Executive of M&G Investments and from the Prudential plc Board. Clare Bousfield to become Chief Financial Officer of M&G Prudential.
M&G Prudential today announces changes to its senior leadership team in preparation for its planned demerger from Prudential plc (the Group).
M&G Prudential was formed in 2017 through the combination of M&G Investments and Prudential’s UK & Europe life business. The changes announced today reflect the growing integration of these business units over the past year and will prepare M&G Prudential to operate as an independent business.
Anne Richards, currently Chief Executive of M&G Investments, is resigning from this role and from the Board of Prudential plc effective on 10 August 2018, following the delivery of the Group’s 2018 half year results, in order to take up a new senior leadership position in the financial services industry.
Clare Bousfield, currently Chief Executive Officer of Prudential UK, will become Chief Financial Officer of M&G Prudential.
John Foley, Chief Executive of M&G Prudential, will take on the additional responsibilities of becoming Chief Executive of the key regulated entities of M&G and Prudential UK.
John Foley said: “These changes simplify the way we make decisions, improve accountability and align management capabilities with M&G Prudential’s future needs as an independent listed business.
“I would like to thank Anne for her important contribution to M&G during a period of significant change. She leaves the business well positioned, with great performance for clients, strong positive asset flows and profitable growth for shareholders.
“I am delighted that Clare has agreed to step up to the role of Chief Financial Officer. This is a crucial position combining financial control, strategy and managing relationships with the financial markets.”
Paul Manduca, Chairman of Prudential plc, said: “Anne has made an important contribution to the Prudential plc Board during her time with the Group, and M&G has delivered strongly for all stakeholders under her leadership. We wish her all the very best in the next stage of her career.”
Mike Wells, Group Chief Executive of Prudential plc, said: “These management changes will help M&G Prudential to deliver better outcomes as a separate listed company.
“Anne has driven a significant improvement in business performance and played an important role in the successful integration of M&G and Prudential UK. I would like to thank her for her contribution to the Group’s continued success.”
Anne Richards said: “It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with colleagues so dedicated to delivering great outcomes for clients and customers. I know that M&G Prudential will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Clare Bousfield said: “We have been making strides in modernising the business, building on our strengths in investment management and innovative propositions to provide clients with an even better and broader range of distinctive solutions to meet their financial needs. I look forward to continuing to drive forward our transformation in my new role.”
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About Clare Bousfield
Clare currently leads Prudential UK, driving business transformation and helping to shape the wider M&G Prudential business.
Ms Bousfield joined Prudential in November 2016 from Aegon UK, where she was Chief Financial Officer and led the strategic review and transformation of the business. With over 25 years’ experience in the savings, insurance and financial services industries, she has built a strong reputation for leading and developing high-performing teams across multiple business locations. Ms Bousfield led a number of acquisitions and global audits within Financial Services while at PwC.
About M&G Prudential
M&G Prudential is the UK and European savings and investments business of Prudential plc. On 14 March 2018 Prudential plc announced its intention to demerge M&G Prudential from Prudential plc, resulting in two separately listed companies with different investment characteristics and opportunities. On completion of the demerger, shareholders will hold interests in both Prudential plc and M&G Prudential. M&G Prudential has total assets under management of £351 billion, as at 31 December 2017 and has more than 7 million customers. Over the next five years, M&G Prudential’s shareholders will be investing £250 million of shareholder capital into a series of transformation programmes to create a simple, modern, customer-centric savings and investments business.
About Prudential plc
Prudential plc and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world's leading financial services groups, serving over 26 million customers and it has £669 billion of assets under management (as at 31 December 2017). Prudential plc is incorporated in England and Wales and is listed on the stock exchanges in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc., a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.
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