Aegon group public affairs manager Scott White is leaving to join Standard Life as head of group media.
White joins Standard in October as the firm continues its move to demutualise. Standard has also recruited Peter Timberlake as London PR manager from Legal & General, where he was PR manager for housing and protection.
White joined Scottish Equitable from Guardian Royal Exchange in 1991 and, following the company's demutualisation in 1994, he took over as head of media communications at Aegon in 1995.
The Aegon UK press team will be restructured, with public affairs manager Lesley McPherson moving to the Edinburgh office to concentrate on corporate affairs and Adrian Cammidge in London to cover distribution and operations.
Tony Bonsignore will continue to cover the asset management side of the company.
White says: “Standard has already gone through a difficult 18 months and the next two years will be an exciting time. It has always been a career ambition of mine to work with Standard and this opportunity has come at the right time for me.”