MDDUS chief executive Professor Gordon Dickson to retire

MDDUS has announced today that its chief executive Professor Gordon Dickson will retire at the end of the year.

During Professor Dickson's more than 10 years at the helm of MDDUS, the company has seen significant progress and growth with a fund of over half a billion pounds now being managed for the benefit of its 40,000 members throughout the United Kingdom.

MDDUS chairman Dr Benny Sweeney said: "The 10 years that Professor Dickson has been CEO has seen a complete transformation of MDDUS into a modern, vibrant and successful company with a growing membership, sound finances and an excellent corporate governance infrastructure.

"The Union wishes Gordon a long, healthy and happy retirement. The Board of Directors is confident that it has identified a suitable successor to Gordon, and we look forward to welcoming Chris Kenny to the company in the New Year."

Professor Dickson’s successor, Chris Kenny, is currently chief executive of the Legal Services Board in London. Mr Kenny, who has extensive regulatory, legal, life insurance and healthcare experience, will take up the post at the beginning of January 2015.

Looking forward to the new role, he said: "Under Gordon’s leadership, MDDUS’ reputation for service and value for its members has grown markedly and led to significant expansion for the company. I’m looking forward to building on that excellent record as the company moves to the next phase of its development."

Professor Dickson commented: "It is the right time for me to hand over the reins to a new CEO so that the Union can build on all that has been achieved and continue to sustain and grow the strong company that MDDUS undoubtedly is.

"It has been an enormous privilege to lead MDDUS and I can say without hesitation that our members are truly fortunate to be members of a company with such loyal and dedicated staff."