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Standard Life poaches Pru’s Barry O’Dwyer to head workplace arm

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O’Dwyer: ‘Joining Standard Life at a pivotal time’

Standard Life has appointed Prudential UK and Europe deputy chief executive Barry O’Dwyer as workplace managing director.

O’Dwyer replaces Ronnie Taylor who left Standard to join Scottish Widows as pensions and investments director last month.

Standard Life chief executive of UK and Europe Paul Matthews says: “We have ambitious plans for the growth of our work place business underpinned by our investment in building market leading propositions, great investment solutions and talented people.”

O’Dwyer says: “I am very excited to be joining Standard Life at such a pivotal time. Standard Life’s approach to workplace pensions is the best in the business.”

Following O’Dwyer’s departure, Prudential has appointed UK and Europe product director John Warburton as managing director of retail life and pensions.

Warburton will be responsible for retail sales, distribution, corporate pensions, products and marketing.

Warburton says: “We have a clear strategy, a compelling set of strategic assets and great momentum, and my aim is to build on these to ensure our future success.”

Syndaxi Chartered Financial Planners managing director Robert Reid says: “Standard has done the right thing here and appointed somebody senior to replace Taylor quickly. The challenge now is to make sure its proposition is robust and ready for automatic enrolment.”

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