Dr Ros Altmann appointed Saga Director-General

Wednesday 15 September 2010

Dr Ros Altmann appointed Saga Director-General

Saga is delighted to announce the appointment of the renowned pensions expert, policy adviser and economist Dr Ros Altmann to the newly created role of Saga Director-General.

As Saga’s chief spokesperson, Dr Altmann will represent the concerns and interests of the 21 million people aged over 50 in Britain in order to put these on to the agendas of politicians, decision-makers, and the media.

Commenting on the appointment Andrew Goodsell, Executive Chairman, Saga Group, said:

“Helping to change the way society perceives age and improving the lives and well-being of people over 50 has always been part of Saga’s mission. We have had great success with the Saga Manifesto and the Saga debates, in which all three Party leaders took part in the run up to the last General Election. The appointment of Dr Altmann as Director-General, reinforces our commitment to champion our customers’ needs and interests. With her policy background and in-depth grasp of pensions, retirement and finance, Ros is well placed to ensure that politicians and others sit up and take notice.”

Dr Ros Altmann, Saga Director-General designate commented:

“I am delighted to be joining such a successful and iconic British company. As Saga’s Director-General I want to help people understand that later years don’t mean you are ‘over the hill’. I will focus on issues such as helping people plan for retirement, overcoming workplace age discrimination, pension reform and long-term care funding. I will also ask Saga’s customers about their concerns and the issues that affect them, and aim to reflect these at the highest levels.

My message will be ‘don’t neglect people aged over 50’. They are the decent, silent majority who have helped make Britain great. They’ve got on with life, saved responsibly and expect to look after themselves. Society must not take advantage of them.”

-ENDS-

Dr Altmann is not new to the Saga Group, as Saga successfully worked with the Pensions Action Group battling for justice for workers who, having saved all their lives, had their pensions snatched away from them when their company schemes collapsed.

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