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Chris Harrison appointed as Furness chief exec

Furness Building Society has appointed Chris Harrison as its new permanent chief executive.

Harrison’s previous roles include president and chief executive of Assurant Solutions Europe and chief executive of LSG Lifestyle Services Group, which was sold to Assurant.

During his career he has held senior leadership and board roles with Chubb insurance (previously ACE Combined Insurance), Simplyhealth and GE Financial Insurance. 

Harrison succeeds Mike Kirsch, who completed his term as interim chief executive.

The society’s chairman, Colin Millar says: “[Chris] brings a wealth of experience to the role which will help us to take the Society forward in a rapidly changing market. I should also like to thank Mike Kirsch who has done an outstanding job as Interim Chief Executive, leaving the Society in good shape for Chris to take over the reins.

Harrison says: “I am very much looking forward to working with the board and a strong management team whose values I share. The Furness is committed to remaining an independent and mutual building society and I will support this ethos through the future growth of the business.”

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