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Openwork Holdings appoints new chair

Openwork Holdings Limited (OHL) has announced the appointment of Andy Smart as its new chair.

Smart is currently chair of Openwork Limited (OHL’s main regulated subsidiary) and heads OHL’s risk and compliance committee.

He was also part of Zurich Global Life team that created Openwork in 2005 and succeeds Christopher Rodrigues CBE after he announced he would be stepping down from the position after six years.

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Rodrigues will continue as a corporate adviser until the end of 2020.

The appointment of the new chair continues the reshaping of Openwork’s leadership team, headed by Philip Howell as CEO, to launch the next phase of its strategy and development as an independent, adviser-owned business.

As part of its long-term planning the board and shareholder council intend to appoint Philip Howell as executive chair of OHL once the strategic direction is well progressed in its implementation.

Andy Wilmot, chair of the Openwork Shareholder Council said: “The appointment of Andy Smart as chair underlines the continuity at Openwork and establishes a strong leadership team as we build for the continued development of the business.

“Christopher Rodrigues has played a significant role in the expansion of Openwork which included the move to become independent and owned by partners and staff. He leaves us in an excellent position for further growth.”

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