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Unum UK appoints new Board members and Senior Independent Director

Unum announces changes to the UK Board

Unum UK announced today that Cheryl Black, Clifton Melvin and Rick McKenney have been appointed to the Board. It has also been announced that Peter Hales will be retiring from the Board and Malcolm McCaig has been appointed as Senior Independent Director with effect from 1 January 2015.  Malcolm will also chair the Audit Committee with effect from 31 March 2015

Cheryl Black brings senior level board experience in both executive and non-executive roles with recognised expertise in customer relationship management and business transformation, combining both leadership and financial skills.  Cheryl's executive career has included senior roles at Telefonica O2, Scottish Water, NTL and Orange. She is also a non-executive director with Skipton Building Society and Southern Water Services Ltd, and is a director of Telefonica O2 Pension Trustee Ltd.   Cheryl will chair Unum’s Regulatory and Compliance Committee with effect from 1 January 2015.

Clifton Melvin is an actuary with over 35 years experience of insurance and retail financial services.  He chairs the Audit Committee at Saga Services and is a member of the Standard Life With Profits Committee.  He is also the Chairman of EcoHydra Technologies, an innovative hand hygiene business, and the founder Chairman of on-line SIPP administration business Gaudi Ltd.  He was the Senior Independent Director of life insurance company Just Retirement until 2013.  Clifton has held senior management positions with Axa, KPMG, GE Capital and Credit Suisse, where he was the Chief Executive of Winterthur Life UK from 2001 to 2003.  Clifton will chair Unum’s Risk Committee with effect from 1 January 2015

Richard “Rick” P McKenney was named Unum Group Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in August 2009. In this capacity, he is responsible for evaluating and establishing a strategy for the financial performance of the company.  He articulates policy recommendations and is directly involved in key governance committees and multi-functional groups throughout the company, including his role as chairman of the operating committee. McKenney also oversees the finance division, which includes accounting, tax, financial planning, investor relations, enterprise risk management, and corporate facilities management. Prior to joining Unum, McKenney was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sun Life Financial, Inc., an international financial services company based in Toronto.  From 2004 to 2006, McKenney was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Genworth Financial, Inc., in Richmond, Virginia.

Peter O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer at Unum, said: “These appointments are part of an orderly succession planning process.  We are delighted to be welcoming Cheryl, Clifton and Rick to the Board.  I would also like to thank Peter Hales for his service to the board over the last 6 years. ”

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