Seasoned Human Resources executive joins Standard Life

    Sophie Fortin appointed Senior Vice-President, HR and Corporate Services

    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Standard Life Assurance Company of
Canada today announced that Sophie Fortin has joined the company as Senior
Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Services. Ms. Fortin will play a
key role in supporting the company's growth in Canada, with continued focus on
talent management and on implementing a high performance culture.
    "At Standard Life, our people are a key competitive advantage, and in a
challenging global marketplace, we need to ensure that they continue to stand
out," said Joseph Iannicelli, Standard Life's President and Chief Executive
Officer. "With her in-depth knowledge of the labour market and her ability to
lead change, I am convinced Sophie will significantly contribute to furthering
our programs to hire, engage, develop and retain talented employees."
    A seasoned human resources executive with more than 20 years of
experience with national and international companies such as MAAX,
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Agropur, Sophie Fortin has an impressive track record
that also encompasses communications, strategic planning and customer
services. Among her accomplishments, she has implemented several talent
development and total compensation programs, and created a new corporate
visibility program.
    Sophie Fortin graduated from Concordia University with a Master of
Business Administration and also majored in Psychology. She is active in her
profession as a member of the Corporation of Human Relations and Industrial

    About Standard Life

    In 2008, Standard Life, the first life insurance company to transact
business in Canada, marks its 175th year of operations. Standard Life plc is a
major international financial services group headquartered in Scotland. It
provides asset-managing services for retirement, investment and protection to
some seven million customers globally. It has offices in the United Kingdom,
Canada, Ireland, Germany, Austria, India and China, including Hong Kong.
    The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada is Standard Life plc's
largest operation outside the U.K., with 2,000 employees based in Montréal and
across Canada, serving more than 1.3 million Canadians, including group
insurance and pension plan participants. (
    Standard Life plc has approximately 1.5 million shareholders worldwide,
including approximately 14,000 institutional and individual shareholders in
Canada. It has been trading on the London Stock Exchange since The Standard
Life Assurance Company demutualized in 2006. Standard Life plc is listed on
the FTSE 100, Europe's largest index, and on the FTSE4Good Index, which
identifies companies adhering to globally recognized corporate responsibility
standards. (

For further information:

For further information: Ann-Marie Gagné, Standard Life, (514) 499-7999,
ext. 4600,

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