Bupa appoints new HR Director

Bupa, the international healthcare provider, has appointed Denise Collis as its new Group HR Director.

Denise will join Bupa's senior leadership team on 1 June 2010, and will report to Chief Executive Ray King. She will lead the global HR function and work closely with Bupa's businesses around the world to deliver the Group's strategic agenda. Denise will replace Bob Watson, who is retiring from Bupa after 15 years as Group HR Director.

Denise has enjoyed a long career at the strategic level of international human resource management. She joins Bupa having run her own business over the past 12 months specialising in people strategy and leadership development. Prior to this she was Group HR Director for 3i Group plc, the FTSE 100 private equity company. Denise began her career with Ford Motor Company, and subsequently developed a deep understanding of the financial and professional services sectors through senior HR roles at Arthur Andersen, Midland Bank, HSBC James Capel and Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to joining 3i, Denise was a partner and Head of HR for Ernst & Young LLP, covering the UK, Middle East, Africa and India.

Denise is a non-executive director of Kinsey Allen International and a member of the advisory boards of Leeds and Exeter University business schools.

Announcing the appointment, Bupa Chief Executive, Ray King said: "Denise brings to Bupa a wealth of international human resources experience, which will be invaluable in her new role overseeing Bupa's diverse and talented workforce. Denise will play a key role in developing Bupa's talent to support the Group's growth ambitions."

Commenting on her new role, Denise said: "I am delighted to be joining Bupa at such a key stage in its development. It is a very strong business, with clear aspirations that can only be delivered through harnessing the abilities of the dedicated staff who look after millions of people throughout the world. I look forward to continuing to ensure that Bupa's people
strategy fully supports the achievement of its business goals."

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Bupa’s purpose is longer, healthier, happier lives.

As a leading international healthcare group, we offer health insurance and medical subscription products, run care homes, retirement villages, hospitals, primary care centres and dental clinics. We also provide workplace health services, home healthcare, health assessments and long-term condition management services.

We have over 22 million customers in 190 countries. With no shareholders, we invest our profits to provide more and better healthcare and fulfil our purpose.

We employ more than 70,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Chile, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, and the USA.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.

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