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Kirwan quitting Abbey for Widows

Nick Kirwan has resigned as head of marketing and product development at Abbey for Intermediaries after nine years and is set to join Scottish Widows.

Kirwan, who is well known for his work with Scottish Provident and ABI working parties, is joining Widows in the early autumn as its marketing director, protection, as part of the group&#39s restructuring and growth strategy.

Kirwan will be replaced by Sue Wilkinson, a key relationship manager at Abbey with over 10 years&#39 experience in the protection industry. She takes on the position of interim head of life and health propositions.

Widows managing director for marketing and distribution Nathan Moss says: “We are undertaking a major strategic review of our position in the markeplace, particularly in protection. Nick has got the specialist expertise.”

Kirwan says: “Abbey is going through a lot of change and rebranding and the question was whether I wanted to take it up. I care passionately about the protection industry, about driving things forward.”

A spokesman for Abbey says: “We are sad to see Nick go but we understand his need for a new challenge after almost nine years with Abbey and wish him well.”

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