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Unum announces leadership transition for UK and Poland

Thursday 12th November 2020

Unum today announced the appointment of Mark Till to lead its UK and Poland businesses as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Unum International*, effective 1 April 2021, subject to regulatory approval. The appointment, subject to regulatory approval, follows Peter O'Donnell’s decision to transition from his role as Executive Vice President of Unum International in order to pursue a portfolio career. Peter will continue to lead Unum International through the first quarter of 2021 to ensure a seamless transition, with Mark joining the business on 1 February.


“We’re very pleased to welcome Mark Till to build upon the momentum Peter has established for Unum’s business in Europe,” said Unum President & Chief Executive Officer, Rick McKenney. “Peter has been an instrumental part of Unum’s success as the leading Group Income Protection provider in the UK and will truly be missed. He has kept our company focused on unmatched customer service and has grown our business into the trusted brand it is today in both the UK and Poland. I want to thank Peter for his dedication and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”


Peter O’Donnell commented: “It’s been a privilege to lead Unum in Europe and have the support of our great people across the organisation. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and the way we’ve supported our customers and grown the business. While this has been a difficult decision, I am confident in the future direction of the business and that I’m leaving Unum in great hands.”

Mark Till has served Aegon as Managing Director, Platform Solutions, responsible for all aspects of the Aegon UK business revenue and proposition for intermediaries and their customers. Additionally, Mark previously served as Head of Personal Investing & UK Marketing Director for Fidelity International, where he managed over 275,000 customers and £12 billion of customer investments. He has also held positions with Standard Life, HomeServe PLC and Barclays Bank.

“I’m excited to join the great team at Unum International and build on Peter’s many accomplishments,” said Mark Till. “Helping the working world thrive has never been more important, and I’m confident we can continue to advance the customer experience and grow Unum’s business in Europe.”

Peter O’Donnell joined Unum’s UK subsidiary, Unum Limited, in June 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Unum UK’s business since September 2012, and as Executive Vice President of Unum International since October 2018. He has also served as a member of Unum Limited’s Board of Directors. During his time with Unum, Peter made significant contributions to the growth of Unum’s brand in the UK and oversaw Unum’s expansion into Poland.

*Unum International is comprised of both Unum UK and Unum Poland and serves as the European arm of Unum Group. Unum UK is the leading provider of group income protection and critical illness coverage in the United Kingdom, as well as a provider of life and dental benefits. Additionally, Unum Poland has been providing group and individual life insurance in the Polish market for more than twenty years. Following the acquisition of Unum Poland in 2018, both companies fell under the Unum International business unit.

About Mark Till

Mark Till joined Aegon in 2015 and is currently Managing Director, Platform Solutions. In his role he is responsible for Aegon’s investment platforms, investment proposition, protection and financial advice business. Prior to joining Aegon, Mr. Till was Head of Personal Investing and UK Marketing Director at Fidelity International. He has also held senior roles at Standard Life, including as Managing Director of Standard Life Direct. Mark began his career in banking and held a variety of roles at Barclays Bank.


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