Standard Life announces four new senior managers


MONTREAL, May 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada ("Standard Life") announced today four senior management appointments. Charles Guay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Life said: "These appointments strengthen the depth of our leadership team. These new senior management members will play a vital role in helping to achieve our strategic objectives and to position us as a leading provider of long-term savings and investment solutions."

Graham Rowan, Senior Vice-President, Technology
Mr. Rowan is responsible for all aspects of technology strategy, planning, delivery and operations, including the integration of emerging technologies to leverage the company's innovative product and service offerings.

Mr. Rowan has more than 20 years experience shaping and delivering programs, partnerships and commercial contracts in the financial services and human resources sectors. He joined Standard Life in 2011 as the Head of IT and Shared Services at its UK operations.

Marketing and Customer Solutions
Yanic Chagnon, Vice-President, Retail Solutions
Philippe Toupin, Vice-President, Group Solutions
Within their respective target markets, Messrs Chagnon and Toupin are responsible for developing and managing customer-led solutions which continue to differentiate Standard Life's product and service offerings. They report to Mr. Michel Fortin, Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Customer Solutions.

Mr. Chagnon has more than 18 years experience in the financial services sector. He previously served as senior manager of retail investment products and as vice-president of investment solutions at a major Canadian bank.

Mr. Toupin has more than 24 years experience as a consultant in group benefits. For the last 13 years, he worked with a global, professional services company.

Christine Potvin, Vice-President, Business Change and Delivery
Ms. Potvin will oversee collaboration between Standard Life's Business Change and Delivery Centre and other operational activities. She will also define the required partnerships to plan, monitor and deliver the company's large portfolio of business projects.

Ms. Potvin joined Standard Life in 2001 and most recently served as Vice-President, Customer Experience, Group Insurance. She reports to Ms. Sophie Fortin, Senior Vice-President, People, Business Change and Communications.

About Standard Life
Standard Life plc is a leading long-term savings and investment company headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland. Standard Life has around six million customers worldwide and operates in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Asia, and globally with Standard Life Investments Ltd.

In Canada, Standard Life has been doing business for 180 years. It operates under Standard Life Financial Inc., which wholly owns The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada and Standard Life Mutual Funds Ltd. It is Standard Life plc's largest operation outside the UK with about 2,000 employees. It provides long-term savings, investment and insurance solutions to more than 1.4 million Canadians, including group retirement and insurance plan members.

As of March 31, 2013, Standard Life plc had $360 billion in assets under administration, including $46 billion in Canada through Standard Life Financial.

Image with caption: "Graham Rowan, Senior Vice-President, Technology, Standard Life (CNW Group/STANDARD LIFE)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Yanic Chagnon, Vice-President, Retail Solutions, Marketing and Customer Solutions, Standard Life (CNW Group/STANDARD LIFE)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Philippe Toupin, Vice-President, Group Solutions, Marketing and Customer Solutions, Standard Life (CNW Group/STANDARD LIFE)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Christine Potvin, Vice-President, Business Change and Delivery, Standard Life (CNW Group/STANDARD LIFE)". Image available at:


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Geoffrey King
514-499-7999, ext. 8150

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