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Ex-Bradford and Bingley CEO becomes Openwork chairman

Former Bradford & Bingley chief executive Christopher Rodrigues has joined Openwork’s board as chairman.

Rodrigues has been appoin-ted following the departure of Kate Avery, revealed by Money Marketing in December.

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

He was also non-executive director of the Financial Services Authority between 1997 and 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 that Christopher possesses.

“Having moved into profitability and successfully negotiated the transition to the RDR, Openwork is in a strong position in the adviser market. 

“I believe Christopher’s know-ledge 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.”

Arch Financial Planning managing director Arthur Childs says: “A former building society executive may seem an unusual move for Openwork. But it can be useful to have people come in from a slightly different background.”

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