Prudential announces Shriti Vadera to its Board as upcoming Independent Director and expected new Chair

– UK, London –  Prudential Plc (LON: PRU) today announced that Shriti Vadera will join its Board as a Non-Executive Director and a member of its Nomination & Governance Committee on 1 May 2020. She is expected to succeed Paul Manduca as Chair of the Board and of its Nomination & Governance Committee on 1 January 2021.

“Shriti Vadera is an excellent choice for the future Chair. I look forward to working with her on the Board and during the transition to her becoming Chair,” said Paul Manduca, Chairman.

Paul Manduca joined Prudential’s Board in 2010 and became Chairman in 2012, and will step down as a Director of Prudential plc and Prudential Corporation Asia Limited on 31 December 2020.

The search process was conducted by the Nomination & Governance Committee, led by the Senior Independent Director, Philip Remnant.

Philip Remnant said: “I am delighted that we have secured such a high-calibre individual. Shriti Vadera was the unanimous choice of the Board following a rigorous assessment of external and internal candidates from around the world. She has senior boardroom experience at complex organisations with extensive international operations, and strong strategic and financial services experience.”

Mike Wells, Group CEO, said: “I am delighted that Shriti Vadera will be joining the Board and will become Chair next year. I look forward to working with her and the rest of the Board as Prudential continues to develop and deliver on our promises to our stakeholders.”

Shriti Vadera is considered independent for the purposes of the UK Corporate Governance Code and under the Hong Kong Listing Rules.

Shriti Vadera will also join the Board of Prudential Corporation Asia Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prudential, on 1 May 2020. Following the change of Group-wide supervisor in October 2019 to the Hong Kong Insurance Authority, the composition of the Board of Prudential Corporation Asia Limited mirrors the Prudential Board.

About Shriti Vadera

Shriti Vadera is currently Chair of Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Senior Independent Director of international mining company BHP Group plc. She has also served as a Non-Executive Director at global pharmaceuticals group AstraZeneca plc. In addition to her extensive boardroom experience, Shriti Vadera has acted as a strategic advisor to investors and governments.

She will step down from her roles at Santander UK Group Holdings plc and BHP Group plc before becoming Chair of Prudential.

Shriti Vadera said: “It is an honour to be asked to join the Board and to become Chair next year. Prudential combines the highest standards of governance with a strong brand and a dynamic business model. I look forward to working with colleagues and other stakeholders as Prudential continues to focus on fast-growing markets in Asia.”

Shriti Vadera began her career in investment banking with SG Warburg/UBS in 1984, where she focused on markets in Asia, Africa and South America. She was a member of the UK Government’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1999 to 2007, advising on domestic and international issues including the UK Government’s response to the Asian financial crisis. She was a Minister in the UK Government from 2007 to 2009 in the Department for International Development, Cabinet Office and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, working on issues such as the UK Government’s response to the global financial crisis and its Presidency of the G20. Shriti Vadera was a Senior Adviser to the Korean Presidency of the G20 from 2009 to 2010. She also acted as an adviser to investors and governments – including Temasek, the global investment company headquartered in Singapore – on strategy and markets, the Eurozone crisis, the banking sector and debt restructuring from 2010 to 2014. She was a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca plc from 2011 to 2018. She became a Non-Executive Director of BHP Group plc in 2011 and was appointed Senior Independent Director in 2015. Shriti Vadera was appointed Chair of Santander UK Group Holdings plc in 2015 and was Chair of the European Financial Services Chairmen’s Advisory Committee from June 2016 to January 2019. She was a Trustee of Oxfam from 2000 to 2005. She holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. Age 57.

About Prudential Plc

Prudential Plc is an Asia-led portfolio of businesses focused on structural growth markets. The business helps individuals to de-risk their lives and deal with their biggest financial concerns through life and health insurance, and retirement and asset management solutions. Prudential plc has 20 million customers and is listed on stock exchanges in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. 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, nor with the Prudential Assurance Company, a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom.

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