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UPDATE 1-Dignity non-executive director Wilson steps down from board

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April 26 (Reuters) - Funeral services firm Dignity Plc said on Monday its non-executive director, James Wilson, has stepped down from the board, following a shareholder vote last week that led to the ouster of the company’s former chairman.

Wilson joined the board in May 2019 and is a partner at Phoenix Asset Management, Dignity's top investor, and manages The Huginn Fund, according to Dignity's website here.

On Thursday, three independent directors of Dignity, including its interim finance chief, Dean Moore, resigned, following weeks of opposition by Phoenix over the handling of a strategic review.

“As Phoenix has always stated, it does not seek to control the board of Dignity and we have now engaged external advisers to help recruit experienced candidates which will result in a board with a majority of independent directors,” Gary Channon, new executive chairman, said.

Phoenix had called for a shareholders’ vote in March over “very serious issues” in Dignity’s prepaid funerals business.

On Friday, the company appointed Channon, Phoenix’s chief investment officer, as chairman, replacing Clive Whiley.

Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V and Vinay Dwivedi

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