Whitehead joins the Pru – the UK’s second largest insurance group – as group communications director in December.
Whitehead has spent two years at Barclays, where he oversees a 90-strong corporate affairs function and reports to COO Paul Idzik.
His Prudential role oversees 25 people, reporting to CEO Mark Tucker. He also takes a place on the Group Executive Committee.
Whitehead has 23 years of comms experience, including a stint heading corporate affairs at Allied Domecq.