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Ex- Bradford and Bingley CEO becomes Openwork chairman

Former Bradford and Bingley chief executive Christopher Rodrigues has joined the board of adviser network Openwork.

Rodrigues has been appointed chairman of Openwork Group following the departure of Kate Avery, revealed by Money Marketing in December.

Currently chair of consumer lending business International Personal Finance, Rodrigues was with B&B for eight years between 1996 and 2004. He oversaw the firm’s de-mutualisation, its IPO in 2000 and purchase of John Charcol for £100m.

He was also non-executive director of the FSA between 1997-2003 and held positions with Thomas Cook, American Express and Visa.

Openwork chief executive Mary-Anne McIntyre says: “We are very fortunate to have attracted someone with the talent and extensive leadership experience Christopher possesses.

“Having moved into profitability and successfully negotiated the transition to the RDR, Openwork is in a very strong position in the adviser market. I believe Christopher’s knowledge and guidance will be of huge benefit to us as we build on our recent progress, particularly in reinforcing the importance of the mortgage market to our business.”

Rodrigues adds: “It is with great pleasure that I join the Openwork board. Mary-Anne and the senior management team have done a remarkable job in a challenging regulatory environment and I look forward to offering my support to help drive the continued success of the business.”

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