Published: 07:39, 12 June 2019
| Updated: 07:40, 12 June 2019
The boss of one of the county's biggest employers has confirmed he is to step down.
He has been with the firm for six years.
His departure comes just two months after the company's share price plunged to its lowest level after its latest financial figures were revealed.
The company, which is based in Folkestone and has offices in Thanet, revealed a 5.4% fall in underlying profits to £180million - and forecast profits to fall for the current year to between £105m and £120m.
Patrick O'Sullivan, chairman of Saga, said the search for a replacement is already under way.
He added: "Lance has led Saga with a resolute focus on reinvestment and rebuilding a truly customer centric organisation. On behalf of the board, we are grateful for his contribution and wish him every success for the future.
"In April, we announced the introduction of 'three-year fixed price' home and motor insurance products and on July 5 we will launch our new cruise ship, the Spirit of Discovery.
"Early progress in insurance broking is encouraging and we will provide a more detailed update at the AGM next week.
"These developments demonstrate that Saga is a strong business with an attractive future."
Lance Batchelor said: "It has been a huge privilege to lead Saga. I am very proud of the journey we have taken to modernise the business and refocus it on customers. We now have enhanced products and the infrastructure needed for a sustainable and healthy future. Over the coming months, I look forward to continuing to execute the new strategy in our insurance business and seeing the launch of Spirit of Discovery in a few weeks."
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