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Ed Gardner becomes MetLife’s new UK CEO

Ed Gardner has joined MetLife as the UK branch’s chief executive officer and Dominic Grinstead as strategic development and marketing director in a bid to strengthen the operation in the UK.

Gardner joined as chief financial officer for the group’s UK operations in August 2007. Prior to this the chartered accountant worked as a consultant for start-up bulk annuity business Lucida, Tata Consulting Services and Sun Life of Canada.

Grinstead joined in 2005 initially to work on the business case for a UK launch. Before that he was head of national sales at Clerical Medical.

Regional head for MetLife International Shailendra Ghorpade says: “We are optimistic about the prospects for our business in the UK and throughout Europe and the appointment of Ed and Dominic is a vital building block in our plans for growth.”

Gardner says: “We have ambitious plans to further develop our business and I look forward to working closely with our business partners to deliver those plans.”

Grinstead says: “This is an exciting time for MetLife in the UK and we aim to enhance our reputation for innovation throughout the year.”

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