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AWD Group plc announces new CEO

AWD has announced the appointment of Mike Kirsch as chief executive of the UK business.

Kirsch will take on his new role from 1 March 2007, replacing Simon Waugh, who has moved within the group to take on the newly created role of chairman of AWD Group plc.

Kirsch has pursued a career in management within the financial services industry, including roles in sales, marketing, operations, customer service as well as general management. He has worked at the likes of American Express, National Westminster Bank, TSB and Britannia Building Society.

He says: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of this new role, to growing AWD even further in the UK and building on the successes of the past. My previous roles have been with providers rather than advisers but I have really enjoyed my recent consultancy work with AWD”.

On his new role as chairman, Waugh says: “It will allow me to focus on key strategic issues relating to the continuing development of our management capability, our long term business strategy and development of our customer strategy, including our customer proposition”.


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