Bupa confirms permanent positions for Bourke and Linton after board shake-up

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Bourke has been interim chief executive of Bupa after the departure of Stuart Fletcher

Bupa today rubber-stamped its interim board changes from earlier in the year.

The British healthcare provider announced that former finance chief Evelyn Bourke would take the reins as chief executive on a permanent basis, with interim finance chief Joy Linton also having her role confirmed.

“We are delighted to appoint Evelyn as chief executive of Bupa. I am confident Evelyn is the right person to lead us over our next phase," said chairman Alexander Leitch.

The pair were appointed to interim positions in a board shake-up in March this year after a results announcement that unveiled stumbling growth.

Bourke was previously finance chief and Linton was moved from the role of general manager of Health Services at Bupa UK in order to replace her.

In March 2016, against a backdrop of a two per cent dip in pre-tax profit for 2015, Leitch said: “Current growth plans do not match our expectations.” He went on add that this meant the time was right for then-chief exec Stuart Fletcher to stand down.

At the time the board announced a search for a successor for both a new chief executive and finance chief, and said they would look at both external and internal options.

In the response to her position being made permanent, Bourke said: “I am committed to ensuring we put our customers and our people at the centre of everything we do.”

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