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Gilchrist to retire after 35 years at ScotLife

Scottish Life sales director Jim Gilchrist is retiring on July 1 after 35 years with the life office and will be succeeded by deputy sales director Jim Smith.

Gilchrist, who joined Scottish Life in 1968 as a Glasgow branch manager, has held overall responsibility for sales since 1988.

It had been rumoured that Gilchrist would retire following Royal London&#39s takeover of Scottish Life in July 2001 but he was convinced to stay on board to help with the handover.

Smith will report to chief executive Brian Duffin. He joined Scottish Life three years ago, initially working in the marketing division on its e-business proposition and product promotion.

He moved over to his current role as deputy to Gilchrist in January.

Smith says: “Jim Gilchrist must be one of the hardest acts to follow in this business but I am very much looking forward to the challenge of leading Scottish Life&#39s sales operation to even greater success.”

Duffin says: “When Jim leaves us in July he will have been at Scottish Life for more than 35 years. During that time, he has been an influential figure in the company&#39s growth and development.”

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