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Gale to be COO at Just Retirement

Just Retirement has appointed ex-Sesame chief executive Patrick Gale as chief operating officer.

He will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations as well as running its marketing, distribution and information technology functions.

Gale left Sesame in December after helping with the sale and transition of the company from Misys to Friends Provident. Before joining Sesame in 2000, he was a director of Misys’ banking division.

He has been a non-executive director at HBOS Financial Services since January and will continue in this role. Gale says: “Just Retirement has an excellent track record of delivering for IFAs and its two big product areas, annuities and equity release, have growth potential.”

Just Retirement chief executive Mike Fuller says: “Given the importance of distribution and technology to our future success, Patrick’s experience at Sesame is particularly relevant to our business. His involvement will allow the board to devote more time to the strategic development of the group’s business to take advantage of the substantial market and product opportunities.”

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