05 Jun 2013
Prudential plc appoints new non-executive director
Alice Schroeder to join Board on 10 June 2013
Prudential plc (“Prudential”) today announces that Alice Davey Schroeder is to join the Board on 10 June 2013 as an independent non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee. Ms Schroeder brings to the position a deep experience and understanding of the insurance industry and its regulatory framework, both in the US and globally. In addition, Michael Garrett is to retire from the Board on 31 August 2013 after almost nine years of service.
Ms Schroeder was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley leading its Global Insurance Equity Research team before becoming a senior adviser to the bank. She began her career as a qualified accountant at Ernst & Young before working for the Financial Accounting Standards Board in the US.
Commenting on the appointment, Paul Manduca, Chairman of Prudential, said:
“I am delighted Alice is joining the Board. She is highly respected by the international investment community and the roles she has undertaken have given her considerable insight into all aspects of the global insurance industry, including its regulation and accounting. On behalf of the Company, I would also like to thank Mike Garrett for his many years of service, during which time his international business experience has been of considerable value to the Board.”
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Alice Schroeder is an independent board member of Cetera Financial Group and an independent director of WebTuner Corp. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, WomenCorporateDirectors and a board member of The Committee of 200 Foundation. Alice began her career as a qualified accountant at Ernst & Young in 1980 where she worked for 11 years before leaving to join the Financial Accounting Standards Board as a manager. From September 1993 she worked as an analyst at Paulsen, Dowling Securities before leading teams of analysts specialising in property-casualty insurance, first as a Managing Director of Oppenheimer & Co and then at PaineWebber & Co. In June 2000 she joined Morgan Stanley, becoming a Managing Director in 2001 heading the Global Insurance Equity Research team and, separately, the US team of top-ranked analysts specialising in property-casualty insurance. In May 2003 Alice became a senior adviser at Morgan Stanley leaving in November 2009. She is a highly respected analyst and the author of the official biography of Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Age 56.
Ms Schroeder holds no interest in any shares of Prudential under the meaning of Part XV of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Ordinance.
Length of service
Non-executive directors are usually appointed for an initial three-year term, commencing with their election by shareholders at the first Annual General Meeting following their appointment. They are typically expected to serve for two three-year terms from their initial election by shareholders, although the Board may invite them to serve for an additional period.
Non-executive directors are not eligible to participate in annual bonus plans, long-term incentive plans or pension arrangements. Their fees are determined by the Board and reflect their individual responsibilities, including committee membership as appropriate.
Ms Schroeder’s annual fee at appointment will be £112,500 consisting of a basic fee of £87,500 plus an additional fee of £25,000 for her committee role.
Save as disclosed above, there are no matters relating to the appointment of Ms Schroeder that need to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13 (1) - (6) of the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority.
Save as disclosed above, there is no further information required to be disclosed pursuant to Rule 13.51(2) of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Ms Schroeder and Mr Garrett have confirmed that there are no other matters that need to be brought to the attention of shareholders of Prudential.
About Prudential plc
Prudential plc is incorporated in England and Wales, and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world’s leading financial services groups. It provides insurance and financial services through its subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the world. It has been in existence for 165 years and has £405 billion in assets under management (as at 31 December 2012). Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial Inc., a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.
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