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Scottish Widows appoints IT director

Scottish Widows has appointed Chris Torkington as its IT director, to start this summer. He will be responsible for directing and controlling Widows&#39 IT division. He joins Widows from Rural Regeneration Cumbria, where he was the chief executive. Torkington set up the company, which now covers a programme of work worth £275m, in 2003. Prior to this, Chris was at Barclays as the group risks information systems director.

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