SOURCE: Prudential plc

March 24, 2005 02:37 ET


LONDON, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 24, 2005 --Embargo: 07.30 24 March 2005

      Prudential plc announces the appointment of Mark Tucker 
        to succeed Jonathan Bloomer as Group Chief Executive

The Board of Prudential plc ("Prudential") announces the appointment of Mark Tucker as Group Chief Executive. Jonathan Bloomer, who has been Group Chief Executive since March 2000, will be leaving the company on 5 May 2005.

Mark Tucker, aged 47, currently Group Finance Director at HBOS plc, will join the Prudential Board on 6 May.

Mark previously worked for Prudential from 1986 to 2003. He was an Executive Director of Prudential from 1999 to 2003 and Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia from 1993 to 2003. In this role he developed and implemented the strategy that transformed Prudential's business in Asia to become one of the top two international life insurance groups in the region.

Sir David Clementi, Chairman of Prudential, said:

"Mark's background and experience mean that he is well suited to lead Prudential to the next stage in the Group's development. He is widely respected in the industry and across the financial community. He has broad and relevant experience of the financial services market in our three key regions supported by a track record of success in growing profitable businesses for Prudential. His breadth of experience of Prudential's business is complemented by a fresh perspective on the UK financial sector as a result of his current role at HBOS. We are delighted to be welcoming him back and look forward to the contribution to the Group's success that he will make.

"At the same time, personally and on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Jonathan for his significant contribution over the last ten years, first as Group Finance Director and then as Group Chief Executive. The Group is in good health and we are delivering strong growth in all our businesses. Jonathan has brought Prudential through one of the severest markets the insurance sector has experienced and has overseen a complete re-engineering of the UK business which contributed to the very good results delivered in 2004. We wish him well for the future."

Mark Tucker said:

"I am delighted to be coming back to Prudential at this exciting time in the Group's development, and I look forward to working with the Board and the management team."

Jonathan Bloomer, Group Chief Executive of Prudential, said;

"I am pleased that Prudential is in terrific shape and I am confident that the current strategy and momentum will continue to deliver to shareholders. There is a strong team in place and all four core businesses have delivered record profits. We have had to manage the company through difficult times and not everything has made us popular but my job has been to lead a transformation and Prudential is now set fair to deliver further substantial growth and returns. Obviously I am extremely disappointed with the Board's decision, but I wish them all the best."


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Group Communications Director, Prudential Plc     020 7548 3537

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Notes to Editors:

1. Sir David Clementi will be holding a conference call at 08.00 for wire
   journalists. Dial-in number is +44 (0) 20 7031 4064. Please quote 
   'Prudential' and 'Rebecca Burrows' to access.

2. Mark Tucker is a Chartered Accountant and has a strong track record in the
   financial services sector. Since May 2004, he has been Group Finance Director 
   at HBOS plc. From 1993 until 2003 he was Chief Executive of Prudential 
   Corporation Asia, and has also held senior positions in Prudential's 
   businesses in the UK and US. He first joined Prudential in 1986, having 
   previously been a tax consultant.

His CV is set out below:

Since May 04           Group Finance Director, HBOS

Dec 93 - Jun 03        CEO, Prudential Corporation Asia

                       Executive Director Prudential Plc

Jun 92 - Nov 93        Senior Vice-President, Jackson National Life, USA

Nov 89 - May 92        General Manager, Prudential Assurance Co Hong Kong

Jun 87 - Oct 89        Assistant Director, Prudential Plc

Nov 86 - May 87        Financial Controller, Prudential Venture Managers

Jan 86 - Oct 86        Controller, North American Investment Operations, 
                       Prudential Portfolio Managers Limited

Born     29/12/1957

*Prudential plc, a company incorporated and with its principal place of business in the United Kingdom, and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world's leading financial services groups. It provides insurance and financial services directly and through its subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the world. It has been in existence for over 150 years and has £187 billion in assets under management, as at 31 December 2004. 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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