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DTI chief in for Francis at ABI

Department of Trade and Industry director general,fair markets group Stephen Haddrill is taking over from Mary Francis as director general of the Association of British Insurers.

Haddrill, who will take up the position on May 3, heads the DTI group responsible for the development of the framework within which businesses operate, including employment relations, company law and trade issues.

Other positions he has held at the DTI include director, employment relations and director, consumer affairs.

He has experience in EU strategy and consumer and international trade policy formulation.

Prior to his roles at the DTI, Haddrill held senior posts in the governor’s central policy unit in Hong Kong and the Department of Energy.

ABI chairman Richard Harvey says: “Under his predecessor, Mary Francis, the ABI has gained a strong voice in representing the insurance industry. Stephen has demonstrated that he has the qualities necessary to lead the ABI during the next phase in its development and I am very much looking forward to working with him.”

Haddrill says: “Under Richard Harvey’s chairmanship, the ABI has made a major step forward in engaging with government, consumers, regulators and industry members. I am eager to play a part in developing policies that will be of real and lasting benefit to all stakeholders.”

Francis says she intends to concentrate on her non-executive director roles

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