M&G boss John Foley to step down after 22 years


M&G boss John Foley to step down after 22 years at the savings and investments giant

The boss of M&G is stepping down after 22 years, including seven as the firm’s chief executive.

John Foley will leave the FTSE 100 savings and investments giant once a successor has been found, a process that could take up to a year.

The 65-year-old joined Prudential in 2000 – a year after it bought M&G – and was made chief executive of M&G in 2015.

‘Privilege’: John Foley joined Prudential in 2000 – a year after it bought M&G – and was made chief executive of M&G in 2015

He oversaw the merger of M&G with Prudential’s UK insurance business in 2017 and the 2019 demerger of the enlarged M&G from the rest of Prudential when it decided to focus on Asia and Africa.

Shares in M&G – which looks after £370billion of savers’ money and is one of the largest fund managers in Britain – are little changed since the time of the demerger. 

The M&G board, led by chairman Edward Braham, is on the hunt for a successor who can boost the company’s fortunes.

Foley, who earned £4.5million last year and has been paid almost £30million since taking the helm, said it was a ‘privilege’ to spend 22 years at the firm and hailed its successful transition to becoming an independent company.

The married father, who has £15.7million of M&G shares, said: ‘M&G has reached an inflection point and has strong momentum in its strategic progress. 

It is now a good time to begin the search for a new chief executive to lead M&G during the next phase of its development.

‘I look forward to continuing to serve as chief executive until my successor is in place and I remain fully committed to our business delivery.’

Braham said: ‘John has led M&G through significant change and overseen a successful demerger, while steering the group through the unprecedented events of the pandemic.

‘The business has performed strongly, returning £1.8billion to shareholders since listing in October 2019.’

In its most recent results M&G said it has generated £2.8billion of cash for investors since its split from Prudential.

It has delivered a total return for its investors of 30 per cent, or £1.8billion, since the demerger.

M&G last month announced a bumper £500million share buyback after its assets under management grew in 2021 by 0.8 per cent to £370billion. 

It reported profits of £721million, which was lower than the £788million it earned in 2020.

It saw M&G shares rocket up 15 per cent on the day.

Yesterday they were up 0.5 per cent, or 1p, at 212.1p, leaving them a little below the 218p they started trading at following the demerger from the Pru.

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