International health insurance giant Bupa
has confirmed the appointments of two London-based executives as the company’s new CEO and finance boss.
The insurer has announced that Evelyn Bourke is now officially the CEO while Joy Linton has been promoted to the role of CFO.
“I am committed to ensuring we put our customers and our people at the centre of everything we do,” Bourke said.
Bourke initially became the acting CEO on April 4 after her predecessor, Stuart Fletcher, stepped down from the top post.
chairman Lord Leitch said Bourke is “the right person to lead us over our next phase.”
“She has exceptional talents in financial services, healthcare, risk and capital management, strategy, and mergers and acquisitions,” Leitch said.
Bourke joined Bupa
in September 2012 as CFO, coming from Friends Life where she was the chief executive of the insurer’s heritage division.
She also served as an executive director at Friends Provident and finance director at Standard Life UK.
Bourke is passing the CFO post to Linton, who first became the acting finance chief on May 1. She said that her successor has an “outstanding track record” after holding significant leadership roles in two of Bupa
’s largest market units.
“Her focus on our customers and our people, along with her commercial and strategic acumen, will be invaluable as we build on our success, delivering our purpose: longer, healthier, happier lives,” Bourke said of Linton in an earlier statement.
Linton previously served as health services general manager for Bupa
UK. She joined the company in 2011 and was later appointed as chief people officer and finance and commercial director of the Australia and New Zealand businesses.
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