UK - The corporate finance chief who masterminded the Boots Pension Fund's shift from equities to bonds, John Ralfe, has launched his own consulting firm.
Ralfe says that while companies may have treated pensions as semi-detached in the past, they are now right at the top of the agenda for all financial directories and chief executives.
And Ralfe believes that with 20 years’ experience in banking and corporate finance, he not only understands the technical aspects of pensions but also the “bigger picture” of corporate finance.
“People who understand pensions, don’t understand the bigger picture; people who understand the bigger picture don’t understand pensions.”
He added: “There is no one easy answer to pensions – each company starts from a different point – but all companies must have a coherent and robust approach to their pension issues, which they can explain to shareholders, banks and pension scheme members.“
Further information on his new firm – John Ralfe Consulting – is available at www.johnralfe.com.
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