Aegon’s media relations head has quit the Edinburgh-based insurer to join pension industry consultant The Lang Cat.
Mark Locke, who had been with the life and pensions group for eight years, is due to start his new external communications and PR role in October, following a period of gardening leave. He said: “I’ll miss the business and the people, but I’m extremely excited about the opportunity that lies ahead.”
Following Locke’s departure, Brian Lewis has been named interim head of media and public relations at Aegon.
Zoopla pays £3.3m for Trinity websites
Newspaper group Trinity Mirror has sold its property websites division to Zoopla Property Group for £3.3 million.
The owner of the Daily Record said Trinity Mirror Digital Property generated an operating profit of £500,000 last year, on revenues of £2.9m, and the sale of the business would not affect its strategy of growing its digital revenues.
Zoopla, partly owned by Daily Mail & General Trust, last year launched a strategic tie-up with Johnston Press, publisher of The Scotsman, to add its property facilities to the group’s network of regional websites.
Barclays sets date for rights issue list
Banking giant Barclays yesterday told potential investors that they will need to be listed on its shareholder register on 13 September if they want to take part in its £5.8 billion rights issue.
The fundraising, which was announced on 30 July, will allow existing shareholders to apply for one share for every four that they already own, at a price of 185p.
Jonathan Jackson, head of equities at stockbroker Killik & Co, noted: “A prospectus will be published after the record date, with the full terms and conditions.”