Smart Pension appoints General Counsel (Pensions and Financial Services)

Smart Pension has appointed Mark Howard as General Counsel (Pensions and Financial Services), prior to joining Smart, Mark spent 14 years at Clyde & Co.

Prior to joining Smart, Mark spent fourteen years at city law firm, Clyde & Co., most recently as Head of Pensions, advising pension schemes, employers and pensions professionals in all areas of pensions and associated areas.

Mark said: “Smart is an exciting company with a strong focus on technology, which is the direction the pensions industry is going in, I’m delighted to be joining a leader in this space and looking forward to the new challenge.”

Claire Altman, Chief Corporate Officer at Smart Pension, said: “Mark is a great appointment to this new role. His extensive industry experience will be extremely valuable to us as we continue on our journey moving from an auto enrolment scheme to a workplace pension provider.”

About Smart Pension

Smart Pension is a global savings and investments technology platform provider. Co-founded in 2014 by Andrew Evans, CEO, and Will Wynne, MD, it is one of the UK's largest providers of workplace pensions. Its award-winning master trust is overseen by independent professional trustees. In 2016, Europe’s second largest asset manager Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) took a minority stake in the digital pension platform, part of a move by LGIM to invest in high-achieving, innovative technology that has a positive impact on the wider economy. In January 2019 J.P. Morgan invested as part of a strategic investment round and in November 2019, Link Group, the leading administrator in the Australian superannuation industry, invested as part of strategic partnership.

In 2019 Smart Pension was named DC Master Trust of the Year, DC Innovation of the Year and Retirement Innovation of the Year in the UK Pensions Awards. It was also named European Pension Fund of the Year 2019 in the European Pension Awards.

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