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Paul Cowman quits Just Retirement

Just Retirement head of equity release and protection Paul Cowman has left the firm and is looking for opportunities to get back into the mainstream protection market.

Cowman joined the equity release and annuity provider from Prudential last April. He was in charge of developing a range of protection products for consumers in or approaching retirement.

Cowman decided to move on after the firm chose not to pursue its original protection plans.

Cowman says: “Just Retirement decided it didn’t want to pursue its original thinking for protection so I am looking at a number of opportunities and talking to people about moving back into mainstream protection which I am really excited about.”

The news comes after Standard Life head of marketing Mick James announced he is leaving the firm for reinsurer RGA. James will be an account manager at the firm from the end of March, working alongside head of business management Jason Hurley. Standard pulled out of the protection market in December.

James says: “I’m really looking forward to moving to RGA – if they’ve got an opinion they’re not afraid to say it. I’m thrilled I can stay in the protection market and will try to move this business forward.”

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