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Bupa names chair's successor

Bupa names chair's successor | Insurance Business UK

Bupa names chair's successor

Insurer Bupa has named its incoming non-executive chairman, a year after Lord Leitch expressed his intention to step down at the end of 2018.

Taking up the role come January 01 is Bupa non-executive director Roger Davis (pictured), who has been with the board for almost three years. Currently he also serves as non-executive director at Experian plc, as well as chair at Sainsbury's Bank, Global RadioData Communications, and the Future for Heroes charity. 

With more than two decades of experience in large global businesses both in the UK and Asia, the former Barclays UK Bank chief executive is succeeding Bupa’s chair following what the insurer described as “a comprehensive recruitment process” led by the board’s nomination and governance committee.

“It is a huge privilege to become chairman of Bupa,” commented Davis, who is a member of the audit and remuneration committees. “I've very much enjoyed my time as a board member during the past three years and I look forward to working with Evelyn [Bourke, CEO], the board, and the executive team taking the organisation forward.”

He and Lord Leitch have the rest of 2018 for an orderly succession.

“Bupa is a wonderful organisation and embarks on its next phase from an excellent position: financially strong, with a well-respected brand,” said Lord Leitch. “I am delighted that Roger will be taking over as chair when I step down. I look forward to working with him over the remainder of the year to ensure a smooth transition.”

Meanwhile senior independent director (SID) Lawrence Churchill CBE, who joined the Bupa board in July 2009, steps down today and is being succeeded as SID by audit committee chair Clare Thompson.


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