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The former Axa UK CEO chairs a digital marketing firm, a Lloyd’s underwriter and the NSPCC. He also sits on the board of the RAC. A compelling speaker, Mark shares the lessons of turning around Axa and cutting costs at Prudential by 40%, while increasing profits by the same amount. Addressing the broader leadership challenge, he warns of the serious threat of structural inflation, and considers the likely cost of a staggering improvement in life expectancy.


Mark Wood is the former CEO of Axa UK and Prudential UK & Europe. He has since become Chairman of a Lloyd’s of London underwriter, a digital marketing firm and the NSPCC, as well as serving as a senior advisor to Carlyle and joining the board of the RAC.

Educated as an economist, Mark started out as an audit manager with Price Waterhouse. After stints at Barclays and British & Commonwealth Holdings he moved to head the AA’s financial services operation. Under the Axa group umbrella he subsequently chaired both Sun Life and Equity & Law.

Mark has served on two FTSE boards, and led joint Barclays tie-up with NMW Computer Services, now part of Barclays Stockbrokers. As founding CEO of the pensions insurer Paternoster he helped raise £500m to launch what was then the largest City start-up, taking the company to top of its sector.

In presentations Mark addresses general economic and market conditions as well as hard-learned lessons in leadership. From his time leading established, complex organisations through turn-around, outsourcing and down-sizing he covers some of the most challenging aspects of business, partnerships and senior team strategies. He also speaks after dinner - including a wry look at the financial sector.

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