Clifton Melvin appointed new Chairman of Unum UK

1st August 2019

Unum UK appointed Clifton Melvin, previously Unum UK Non-Executive Director and Risk Committee Chair, to the role of Chair of the Unum UK Board from August 2019.

Clifton stood down as Risk Committee Chair to take on his new role as Board Chair. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Unum UK since November 2014. He has a wealth of experience as a Non-Executive Director, having been the Senior Independent Director at Just Retirement and Chair of the Standard Life With Profits Committee. He is currently Chair of Sipp provider Gaudi and the Audit Committee at Saga’s Insurance Broking business. In his executive career, Clifton has held senior management positions with AXA, KPMG, GE Capital and Credit Suisse, where he was the Chief Executive of Winterthur Life UK.

Clifton took over as Chair from Malcolm McCaig, who retired from the UK Board in August. Malcolm has been a Non-Executive Director of UK Board since July 2009 and UK Board Chair since April 2017.

Nick Poyntz-Wright joined the UK Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1st July 2019 and succeeded Clifton as Risk Committee Chair. Nick is a qualified actuary and was previously CEO of Skandia and Director of Long-term Savings and Pensions at the Financial Conduct Authority. He holds a number of Non-Executive Director and Chair roles.

Peter O’Donnell, CEO of Unum UK, said: “Both Clifton and Nick bring a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise and will be well placed to support the Board in our strategic objectives and growth agenda.”

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