09 May 2002
Prudential plc board appointment
Prudential plc announced today (9 May 2002) the appointment of Bart Becht as a non-executive director with effect from today's date.
Mr Becht (age 45) is Chief Executive of Reckitt Benckiser plc. He joined Benckiser in 1988 and served as General Manager in the UK, Canada and Italy before being appointed as Chief Executive of Benckiser Detergents, subsequently Benckiser N.V., in 1995. Prior to joining Benckiser, Bart Becht undertook a number of roles, including brand management and international treasury, at Proctor & Gamble in the United States and Germany.
Sir Roger Hurn, Chairman of Prudential, commented: “I am delighted that Bart has agreed to join Prudential as a non-executive director. He has a wealth of international experience and a strong background in brand management, and I believe that these qualities will make him a valuable addition to our Board”.
Bart Becht added: “Prudential is a leading international financial services group, with a proud heritage and significant financial strength, and I am very much looking forward to contributing to the company's continuing development”.
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Notes to Editors:
- Following Bart Becht's appointment, Prudential plc will have 13 Board members. The other non-executive directors are Sir Roger Hurn (Chairman), Sir David Barnes (Chairman of the Remuneration Committee), Ann Burdus, Roberto Mendoza, Rob Rowley (Chairman of the Audit Committee), and Sandy Stewart.
- Reckitt Benckiser is the world's leading provider of household cleaning products. It was created following the merger of Benckiser N.V. and Reckitt & Colman plc in December 1999, and now operates in 60 countries worldwide.
- Photographs of Bart Becht are available on Reckitt Benckiser's website at www.reckittbenckiser.com