The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has appointed Chris Hannant as its new director general.
Hannant, who is currently policy director at the organisation and will start in his new role with immediate effect, joined APFA in January last year.
He has since overseen internal changes including the re-brand from the Association of Independent Financial Advisers and led APFA's engagement with the regulator through the implementation of the Retail Distribution Review and the transition to the Financial Conduct Authority.
APFA chairman John Gummer said: "Following our strategic review and rebrand, APFA is moving out of the recent transitional phase and, with real confidence in our future, we feel the time is right to appoint a new director general.
"Chris was the clear choice for the role. His work so far has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the issues facing advisers and a commitment to the sector. I'm delighted to welcome Chris into the role."
Hannant commented on his appointment: "I've enjoyed a stimulating and challenging year and a half with APFA. We are determined to secure a better deal for advisers, in what is a tough economic and regulatory landscape.
"I look forward to building on the solid platform we have established and driving APFA forward in my new capacity as director general."
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