Appointments update - 20 August 2020

Phoenix has named the leaders of its five new Open business units.

The group has established five new business units as part of its new structure to drive growth in its Open business. Tom Ground has been named as managing director (MD) of the Retirement Services unit, Gail Izat has been appointed MD of Workplace and Customer Savings, and Jenny Holt has been named as MD of the Investment unit. Nigel Dunne and Dean Lamble have retained their roles as leaders of the European business and SunLife, respectively. The leaders of each unit will report to Phoenix CEO of savings and retirement, UK and Europe, Andy Curran.

Sackers has promoted five lawyers to various roles within the firm.

Naomi Brown has been promoted to senior counsel, while Katharine Swire has been named as an associate director. Angela Stafford, Emily Rowley, and Emily Whitelock have all been promoted to senior associate. The promotions took effect on 1 August 2020, and the total number of partners now stands at 29 and other lawyers at 33. Sackers senior partner, Ian Pittaway, said that the firm’s success “depends on the quality of our lawyers” and the promotions were all “thoroughly deserved”.

Nest has announced the appointment of Gavin Perera-Betts as managing director of the new Nest Experience business unit.

Nest Experience will seek to deliver “best in class” digital service to Nest’s customers. Perera-Betts has been with Nest since 2007 as its chief customer office and played an “instrumental” role in the design of the scheme’s digital-first service since its launch in 2011. In his new role, he will be expected to meet the challenge of developing Nest’s customer strategy and service delivery proposition.

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