Direct Line Insurance announces Danuta Gray to its Board as Non-Executive Director alongside Mike Holliday-Williams as Executive Director

– UK, Bromley – Direct Line Insurance Group plc (LSE:DLG), announces that Danuta Gray will be appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Mike Holliday-Williams will be appointed as an Executive Director, both with effect from Wednesday, 1 February 2017.

Danuta is Senior Independent Director of Aldermore Group plc, a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of PageGroup plc, a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Old Mutual plc, a Non-Executive Director of PaddyPower Betfair plc and a Non-Executive Member of the Defence Board of the UK Ministry of Defence.

Danuta was Chairman of Telefónica O2 in Ireland until December 2012, having previously been its Chief Executive from 2001 to 2010. She has also been a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Aer Lingus plc, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Irish Life and Permanent plc and a Non-Executive Director of the National Centre for Youth and Medical Health Limited.

Mike Holliday-Williams joined Direct Line Group in 2014 as Managing Director of the Personal Lines business. He was previously Chief Executive of RSA Insurance Group plc’s Scandinavian businesses, Codan A/S and Trygg-Hansa, Managing Director of MORETH>N and held various senior management positions in businesses owned by Centrica plc.

Mike Biggs, Chairman of Direct Line Group, commented: “I am very pleased to welcome Danuta Gray and Mike Holliday-Williams to the Direct Line Group Board. Danuta brings vast experience of business leadership in both executive and non-executive roles in a number of sectors, including in financial services. Mike Holliday-Williams’ appointment reflects the importance to the Group of the Personal Lines business, which has strengthened significantly under his leadership.”

Danuta Gray said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the strategic leadership of the Direct Line Group, and to be part of the next stage of its development.”

Mike Holliday-Williams said, “Direct Line Group’s mission is to make insurance much easier and better value for its customers, and I look forward to continuing to develop our excellent brands in achieving that mission and positioning them to deliver strong results in a changing market.”

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