Craston and Keogh appointed to Idea Group board of directors

London - 13 October 2015

Idea Group, the business process improvement consultancy and technology provider, is pleased to announce today the appointment of Mr Mike Craston and Ms Jackie Keogh as Non-executive Directors. 

Mr Craston has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, both overseas and in the UK. Until March of this year he was Chief Executive officer of Legal and General Investment Management America and CEO of LGIM Asia. In addition to which he lead Legal and General's Global Institutional business with assets approaching $1 trillion. 

Mr Craston will be retiring from Legal and General in December, but will remain with the organisation in a non executive capacity both in the UK and US. Prior to joining L&G he was employed by Aegon UK for 17 years, latterly as Managing Director – Institutional business. 

Ms Keogh has worked in financial services for 27 years, with a strong track record of P&L management and growing international business within both Transaction and Commercial Banking. Until August of this year she was Head of Trade at Lloyds Banking Group where she strengthened an international partner network to complement a UK based operating model. 
Ms Keogh previously delivered double digit growth for three consecutive years whilst Regional Head of Banks, Europe at Standard Chartered Bank. She also has an extensive knowledge of FinTech from senior roles at SWIFT leading corporate supply chain and e-commerce. 

Mr Bill Gourlay, CEO of Idea Group, stated; “We are delighted to be able to welcome two individuals of such exceptional calibre as Mike and Jackie. They both have extraordinary track records of business success which, whilst carried out in very different areas of financial services, brings us a superb mixture of complementary skills. We look forward to working with them as we take Idea Group to its next stage of development and success”. 

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