LONDON, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Crown Agents is pleased to announce the appointment of Terence Jagger as chief executive. He succeeds Keith White CBE, who held the position since 2005 and spent almost 40 years with the company.

Jagger joins Crown Agents on 7 March 2011 from one of the most senior civilian roles within the Ministry of Defence, command secretary of the RAF at their HQ in High Wycombe.

During his 16-year career with the MoD he has worked in Afghanistan as political advisor to the NATO commander in Kabul; headed up the public finance initiative (PFI) unit and led the privatisation of QinetiQ.

Jagger previously worked in the private sector for companies like Shell, American Express, Burmah Oil and Unigate, specialising in public affairs, strategy development and investor relations. He studied Modern History at Magdalen, Oxford and has masters degrees in Finance (London Businss School) and in International Relations (King's College, London), when his final paper examined the economic basis of individual country contributions to NATO.

Paul Batchelor, non-executive chairman at Crown Agents, said that Jagger will bring an array of skills, which will complement those of the current management team and leadership.

"Terence Jagger is very much in tune with the goals and values of our organisation as we seek to assist clients in bringing about change that improves lives and opportunities. His deep experience of both the public and private sectors will help us as we embark on the next phase of our growth and development.

"At the same time we would like to thank Keith White for his leadership and the progress that Crown Agents has made during his time as chief executive," he said.

Crown Agents is an international development company specialising in health systems strengthening, economic growth & trade and aid effectiveness & fiduciary management. With offices in 33 countries it works on projects in over 100 countries. Through technical assistance, consultancy and sustainable capacity building Crown Agents helps to reduce poverty, improve health and increase prosperity; its procurement, logistics and supply chain services help ensure that wealth generated is spent or invested for the good of all. The company works with governments, donors and other partners to implement country-specific solutions aimed at addressing the main development challenges its clients face. As part of its wider learning and development portfolio of services, Crown Agents provides scheduled training courses along with many capacity building initiatives undertaken on specific projects. Crown Agents' extensive capability in the area of public financial management includes all components of the public budgeting process, enabling the achievement of fiscal discipline, efficient delivery of public services as well as effective resource allocation to reflect government policy priorities.

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