Joanne Segars to step down from PensionsEurope
Written by Natalie Tuck
Former chair of PensionsEurope and current board member Joanne Segars is to step down from PensionsEurope to pursue a portfolio career.
She served as the chair of PensionsEurope between 2012 and 2015 and was replaced by Janwillem Bouma in November 2015. She was the first woman to hold the position, and on the role, Segars previously said she was “delighted and honoured” to have been elected as chair.
In addition, she previously told European Pensions that upon leaving her role she would like to look back and say that “we got a good result on the IORP Directive” and “workplace pensions are stronger as a result” of its lobbying.
“To say that workplace pensions have survived and weathered the economic storm. I think that PensionsEurope would be in a very strong place, that we will have attracted more members, have an even stronger base of support than we do, giving us an ever stronger voice,” she said.
Commenting on her departure, PensionsEurope chair Janwillem Bouma and CEO Matti Leppälä said: “We wish to warmly thank Joanne Segars on behalf of PensionsEurope and all of its members. Joanne has been a firm supporter of PensionsEurope and has made an exceptional contribution to our work as a long time board member and as the chair for three years until 2015.
"During this period we successfully defended European pension funds from unduly solvency requirements and secured an outcome in IORP II directive that respects the diversity of pensions systems across Europe. We have valued Joanne’s active and constructive participation in all of our work. We will miss Joanne and wish her the best of luck for the future.”
Segars will also step down from her role as chief executive of the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.