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Virgin Money announces two new appointments to senior executive team


  • Peter Bole to join as Chief Financial Officer
  • Hugh Chater to join as Chief Commercial Officer

Following a comprehensive market search Virgin Money is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Bole as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Peter is CFO at Tesco Bank, where he has led the finance function since 2009. Peter has previously held senior roles in the finance function of RBS and as an Investment Director at Standard Life. He has extensive experience in UK retail banking, including the migration of Tesco Personal Finance from RBS. Given Peter’s contractual position at Tesco Bank, it is expected he will join Virgin Money as CFO in 2017, following which he will be appointed as an Executive Director.

Hugh Chater will join Virgin Money by June 2016 as Chief Commercial Officer and will be responsible for the full range of Virgin Money products, including credit cards. Hugh’s deep experience of retail banking includes 14 years at MBNA, where he became Managing Director of their UK Cards business. He is currently responsible for the commercial performance of core banking products and Retail Private Banking at RBS.

Subject to regulatory approval, both Peter and Hugh will join the Virgin Money Executive Team and will report to Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO.

Dave Dyer will remain as CFO until he hands over responsibilities to Peter, after which he will remain with the business in a part-time advisory role for a period of time. There are no further changes to the Virgin Money Executive Team. Both Richard Hemsley and Michele Greene continue to report to Jayne-Anne Gadhia. Richard will focus on the build out of operational capabilities and entry into the SME market and Michele will lead new product development including current account and digital capability.

Glen Moreno, Chairman of Virgin Money said: "After a comprehensive selection process I am delighted to announce that Peter Bole has been appointed as CFO of Virgin Money. He is an accomplished professional with first-class strategic financial management experience. I am very much looking forward to working with Peter as we continue to grow the business."

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chief Executive Officer said: "I am delighted to announce that Peter and Hugh will be joining the Virgin Money Executive Team. Their broad experience and knowledge of the financial services industry, including a strong customer focus in retail banking, will be invaluable to us as we continue to deliver on our strategy of delivering growth, quality and returns to all of our stakeholders. I am looking forward to working with them both.”



Remuneration arrangements for Peter Bole

Peter Bole will be paid an annual base salary of £500,000. In addition he will receive pension contributions of 20% of base salary, life cover, permanent health insurance and private medical cover. He will be eligible to receive an annual bonus and an annual award under the Virgin Money Long Term Incentive Plan, which together will not exceed 200% of fixed pay.

Peter will also receive one-off awards to compensate for remuneration forfeited as a result of leaving his current employer’s share incentive arrangements. On joining Peter will receive (i) an award of Virgin Money shares with a value of £653,873, which is not subject to performance conditions; and (ii) an award of Virgin Money shares with a value of £472,914, subject to Virgin Money performance conditions. Both of these awards will vest in line with Peter’s forfeited awards from his current employer.

Peter will also receive a one-off award to compensate for remuneration which he may forfeit in 2015/16 as a result of leaving his current employer, up to a maximum of £749,000. The final amount and terms of the award will be disclosed once awarded.

There is no further information to be disclosed under Listing Rule 9.6.13.

Biography for Peter Bole
Tesco Bank, 2009 – Present
Currently Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Peter is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in accountancy and financial services for almost 25 years, most recently as CFO at Tesco Bank. At Tesco Bank, Peter is responsible for leading a team of finance professionals to deliver the finance and treasury strategy and contribute strongly to the achievement of the overall business strategy.

Biography for Hugh Chater
Royal Bank of Scotland 2007 – present
Currently Group-level Executive

Hugh has worked in financial services for 25 years, most recently as Commercial Director for RBS UK Retail Bank. At RBS, Hugh is responsible for delivering sustainable revenues, customer satisfaction and advocacy. Before RBS, Hugh held a range of senior roles at Bank of America (MBNA Europe Bank Ltd) including Director of Credit, Chief Marketing Officer, and Chief Operating Officer before becoming Managing Director of the UK Cards business.


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