Standard Life picks up Brexit supremo – reveals likely EU home

Former trade boss to lead plans as European Union exit creeps ever closer

Standard Life picks up Brexit supremo – reveals likely EU home

Insurance News

By Allie Sanchez

A new executive will head insurer and asset manager Standard Life’s Brexit strategy as the company prepares for major changes following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Paul McGhee will be at the helm as the company makes the transition to safeguard its half a million clients in Austria, Germany and Ireland.

Reuters reported that McGhee, who was formerly the director of strategy at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, started in his new posting this week.

He will report to Graeme McEwan, Standard Life’s chief communications officer.

“Paul will have senior project management responsibilities, engaging with stakeholders and taking responsibility for coordinating our company-wide preparations for Brexit,” Standard Life said in a statement.

“The head of Brexit strategy role was created as part of our planning for exiting from the European Union.”

The firm’s chairman Gerry Grimstone also said in the annual stockholders’ meeting that Standard Life is considering moving operations to Dublin to continue accessing the EU market.

Meanwhile, Standard Life stockholders are expected to vote next month on the company’s US$14 billion merger with rival Scottish firm Aberdeen Asset Management.

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