Kirwan says he is leaving to take some time off and pursue other opportunities but he plans to remain involved in the protection industry through his work with the Association of British Insurers.
Kirwan says: “It is time for me to spread my wings and do something else. I will still remain in the protection arena. There is so much going on at the moment in the industry.”
Kirwan plans to go to Canada later this year and also has ambitions to write a novel.
During his time at Scottish Widows, he helped launch Protection for Life through the bancassurance channel and also sat on several ABI committees.
He was named protection personality of the year at last year’s Protection Review dinner.
Kirwan also worked closely with Dr Marius Barnard who is the architect of critical illness and Virgin Money to develop the Big V cancer cover product which Scottish Widows underwrite.
Scottish Widows managing director of marketing and distribution Andy Briggs says: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nick for his contribution to the company. Under Nick’s direction we have made good progress in developing both the product platform and customer proposition in protection to capitalise on the opportunities that are available in this specialist and increasingly topical marketplace. With our key strategic assets of brand and distribution capability, I look forward to building further momentum in this important business area.”
Scottish Widows says a smooth handover is currently taking place and details of interim arrangements covering Kirwan’s departure will be given in due course.