Former RSA UK CEO McIntyre to take non-exec role

Former RSA UK chief executive Bridget McIntyre is set to join Fortis as a non executive director.

The Fortis board will propose the appointment of McIntyre and Belén Romana as independent non-executive directors at the general meetings of shareholders of 28 and 29 April.

The appointments will cover a three year period until the general meetings of shareholders of 2013 and are subject to approval of the Belgian regulator (CBFA).

McIntyre stepped down at RSA in September 2008. She most recently linked up with her ex-Aviva boss Patrick Snowball, taking a consultancy role at Australian firm Suncorp last summer.

Chairman Jozef De Mey said: “I am delighted to propose to our shareholders the election of Bridget McIntyre and Belén Romana as new members of the board of directors. When we established the new board of Fortis, we stressed that we would over time look for ways to further strengthen the board based on bringing in additional complementary skills and capabilities.

"These proposed appointments help us to fulfill that objective, providing a new dimension to the board and a depth of experience and talent that will be of significant benefit to Fortis in the future. Both candidates come to the table with exceptional foreign expertise and strong operational track records in finance and insurance. Their appointments, if approved by shareholders, will create a well-rounded board, which is essential for the further development of our company.”

Last week, the Belgian insurer announced that it would rebrand as Ageas subject to shareholder approval.