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Standard Life shake-up sees White move to Martin Currie

The big shake-up in Standard Life’s communications team continues as head of media relations Scott White heads to Martin Currie next month.

Head of media relations life and pensions Peter Timberlake has also left the firm.

Former head of corporate affairs for Standard Life Healthcare Paul Lynes has been appointed to the newly created role of head of media and public affairs.

Standard Life has merged its media and public affairs functions following the integration of its life and pensions, banking and healthcare divisions.

White becomes Martin Currie director of communications on November 1.

He has been head of media relations at Standard Life since 2004, overseeing the success-ful communications plan around Standard Life’s demutualisation. Before that, he spent 13 years at Aegon and seven at Guardian Royal Exchange.

He will take over from Ross Leckie, who is leaving to focus on his other career as a novelist, book reviewer and historian.

White says: “I have been privileged to work at close quarters in Standard Life with a great pool of talented people. Among them have been two of this country’s great business leaders, Sir Brian Stewart and Sandy Crombie, and we have worked together at a unique time in Standard Life’s history. I am sure that Standard Life will continue to build success upon success with the sizeable opportunities they have ahead of them.”

UK managing director (marketing) Barry O’Dwyer is joining HBOS as products and marketing director.

His role will relate to the investment brands of Clerical Medical, Halifax Financial Services, Bank of Scotland Investment Service and Bank of Scotland Annuity Service and O’Dwyer will take a seat on the HBOS Financial Services board.

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