UK – Chris Lewin, head of UK pensions at Anglo-Dutch consumer products group Unilever, is to retire from January 1 2004.

Lewin has been with the Unilever pension fund since 1998, where he was responsible for setting the direction of the fund in addition to heading up the Unilever UK pensions department – the administrator of the fund. It is not clear whether he will take up a different role in the pensions industry.

Nigel Biggs will replace Lewin. Biggs has been with Unilever’s corporate pension division since 1997 as corporate actuary and senior pensions manager. He also worked for many years as a consultant at Watson Wyatt.

Unilever’s UK chairman Richard Greenhalgh said: “With Nigel taking up the helm, we look forward to the continued development of the three billion-pound (4.3 billion-euro) pension fund and the ongoing provision of first-class pension administration for our 100,000 members and pensioners.” He further thanked Chris Lewin for his service and wished him well in his future career.

At the end of the first quarter of 2003, the Unilever UK pension fund had 12,800 employee members, 42,400 deferred members, and 45,400 pensioners.