Direct Line Group appoints Glyn Jones as Senior Independent Director and Mark Catton as a Non-Executive Director

Direct Line Insurance Group plc ("Direct Line Group" or "the Company") today announces that Glyn Jones has been appointed as Senior Independent Director of Direct Line Group and Mark Catton as a Non-Executive Director of Direct Line Group, effective 24 September 2012.

Glyn is the Chairman of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, a New York Stock Exchange-listed specialty insurance and reinsurance business. He has held this role since May 2007. He is also the Chairman of Aspen Insurance UK limited, the principal operating subsidiary of the Aspen Group. In the past six years, Glyn has held other non-executive directorships including the role of Chairman at Towry Holdings, Hermes Fund Managers and BT Pension Scheme Management. Glyn’s executive career included being CEO of Thames River Capital (2005-06), CEO of Gartmore Investment Management (2000-04), CEO of the Coutts Group (1997-2000), and six years in Hong Kong with Standard Chartered Bank (1991-97), latterly leading their international private banking business. Glyn also spent nine years as a partner with Coopers & Lybrand/Deloitte Haskins & Sells, predominantly in their financial services consultancy practice.

Mark sits on The Royal Bank of Scotland Group management committee and is CEO of RBS Corporate and Institutional Banking in the UK, a position he has held since August 2008. He rejoined RBS in 2007 as a Managing Director in Corporate Banking, having previously worked for NatWest. Prior to RBS, Mark was a Senior Executive at Barclays (2001-07), responsible for a number of its client and product businesses, and in the latter period as Managing Director in European Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets at Barclays Capital.

Commenting on the appointments, Mike Biggs, Chairman, said:
“Both Glyn and Mark have extensive leadership skills and financial markets experience which will bring valuable insights to the Group and further complements the capability of our Board. Direct Line Group supports high standards of corporate governance and these appointments confirm that the composition of our Board is compliant with the UK Corporate Governance Code.”


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Robert Bailhache
Director of Communications
Direct Line Group
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Direct Line Group
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