Director of Nugent Santé Jon McGowan named as world’s 5th fittest CEO
Director of Nugent Santé Jon McGowan has earned the accolade of world’s 5th fittest CEO after participating in the gruelling Island House Triathlon in the Bahamas recently.
The event, #Pain in Paradise, is the brainchild of veteran fund manager Mark Holowesko and attracts 40 of the world’s greatest professional triathletes who compete for a prize fund of $500,000. It takes place over three days and is a true test of endurance with different combinations of Swim, Bike, Run being completed every day.
Jon’s placing in the event is all the more remarkable given that he has only just recovered from a broken elbow and on the second day of the triathlon crashed off his bike onto the same arm. Amazingly he was fit enough to continue on to the next swim and then set about posting the best time of all CEOs in the subsequent final run. However, the five minutes lost while receiving medical attention was costly and he eventually finished fifth, just seven minutes behind the outright winner, Shannon Horn.
On the last day of the triathlon he was paired with professionals Rachel Klamer and Leon Griffin and said it was a privilege to compete with such talented individuals:
“It was a great experience to run, swim and cycle alongside some of the biggest names in the sport, as well as meet so many CEOs at the top of their game,” says Jon.
“I’m a strong believer that sport helps not just to keep you fit but also to relieve stress and re-energise the batteries. Working in the insurance and healthcare industry, it’s important to me to lead by example and set aside the time to stay fit and well.”
Jon is the Chief Executive of the MAC Group, who manage the benefits of 11,500 employees in schemes on the Isle of Man. The MAC Group bought a 50 per cent stake in Nugent Santé in 2016 and is delighted with the growth the business is achieving to date.