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Stephen Haddrill becomes director general of ABI

The ABI announces today the appointment of Stephen Haddrill as director general in succession to Mary Francis.

He will take up his position on May 3 2005. Haddrill is currently director general fair markets group at the department of trade and industry.

Other positions held at the DTI include director employment relations and director consumer affairs.

Prior to working at the DTI, he held senior posts in the central policy unit in Hong Kong and the department of energy.

Commenting on the appointment ABI chairman Richard Harvey says: “Under his predecessor, Mary Francis, the ABI has gained a strong voice in representing the insurance industry. Our thanks go to her for the job she has done. Stephen has demonstrated that he has the qualities necessary to lead the ABI during the next phase in its development and I am very much looking forward to working with him.”

Haddrill says: “Under Richard Harveys chairmanship, the ABI has made a major step forward in engaging with government, consumers, regulators and industry members. I am eager to take this partnership approach forward and to play a part in developing policies that will be of real and lasting benefit to all stakeholders.”


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