Lifestyle Article - Royal London appoints new Group Chief Executive

Royal London announces that Barry O’Dwyer has been appointed Group Chief Executive subject to regulatory approval. He is expected to take up his appointment in September 2019.

 Further to the announcement of 11 December 2018, the Board confirms that Phil Loney, currently Group Chief Executive will stand down on 28 June 2019 whilst remaining available to the Group for the remainder of the calendar year.

 Kevin Parry, Chairman of Royal London said:“After a rigorous selection process, the Board is pleased that Barry O’Dwyer has been appointed Group Chief Executive. His vision for our industry coupled with extensive experience of retail and wholesale pension and savings products will allow him to build on Royal London’s existing market position.

 “Phil Loney has led seven years of major change in our business reflecting the introduction of pension freedoms and workplace pensions. The Board thanks him for his unstinting commitment to the development of Royal London and wishes him well for the next stage of his career focusing on his charitable interests.”

 Barry O’Dwyer, incoming Group Chief Executive said: “I am delighted to be joining Royal London to build on the fantastic work of the last few years. The business has capitalised on some of the big trends in our market through a winning combination of great service to intermediaries and excellent value for customers and members. I hope to build on these cornerstones of success and ensure that Royal London builds on its mutual status remaining synonymous with great service and value.”

 Phil Loney, outgoing Group Chief Executive said: “It has been a privilege to be the Chief Executive of the largest mutual insurance group. I shall miss the people that have contributed so much to our development over the term of my tenure and wish my successor and colleagues all the best for the future.”

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