23 September 2022, London. Smart, the leading global retirement technology provider, has hired Eve Read as Senior Director of Strategic Delivery.
In her new role, Eve will lead the UK proposition team as it builds new features for the Smart Pension Master Trust as well as contributing to the development of Keystone, the company’s global Platform-as-a-Service offering.
Eve will lead Smart Pension’s consolidation strategy, as it sees Master Trust schemes consolidate and individuals take greater ownership of their pension pots.
Eve is a well-known and respected figure in the retirement savings sector. She spent two decades focused on pensions at employee benefits consultant Mercer, which included setting up and running the firm’s UK DC consulting business. More recently she worked at the government DC scheme NEST, where she led on business delivery and customer engagement.
Commenting on the move, Eve Read said:
“It's great to be joining Smart at such an interesting time for the business, with so many important things that I can actively help the company to deliver. I’m very keen to help our teams build new features that help ordinary savers, as well as helping the business grow its presence through strategic acquisitions.”
Jamie Fiveash, CEO of Smart UK, added:
“We have a huge amount planned as our UK business goes from strength to strength. Eve is a very experienced pension professional with a strong focus on delivery, and I’m incredibly pleased that she has joined us to help turn more of our big ideas into reality. Our technology team now numbers around 450 full time people; marrying that with skills and depth of experience in the market from people like Eve further increases our ability to deliver better for UK savers. I am very much looking forward to working with her as our technology and our focus on the UK pension market increases further still.”
Launched in 2015, Smart Pension exceeds £4bn in assets under management (AUM) and now serves over one million members and more than 70,000 employers. It is powered by Keystone, Smart’s global savings and investments technology platform.
Aquiline Capital Partners, Barclays, Chrysalis Investments, DWS Group, Fidelity International Strategic Ventures, J.P. Morgan, Legal & General Investment Management, Link Group and Natixis Investment Managers are all investors in Smart Pension.