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Friends Prov poaches SL’s Bourke as CFO

Friends Provident has appointed Evelyn Bourke as chief financial officer.

Bourke joins the board with immediate effect today from Standard Life UK where she was CFO.

Charles Bellringer, who was appointed CFO on an interim basis last August will leave the company today.

Friends Provident chairman Sir Adrian Montague says: “I am delighted to welcome Evelyn to Friends Provident.

“She joins at a crucial time in the company’s development as we continue to implement our strategy, drive down costs, manage the business through the current recession and position Friends Provident for a strong profitable future.”


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