Friends Life has appointed John Van Der Wielen as Managing Director, International. International businesses Van Der Wielen will oversee include Friends Provident International (FPI) based in the UK and the Isle of Man.
The UK office supports business in Europe; while the Isle of Man operation supports branch offices in United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Singapore. Van Der Wielen will also oversee FPB AG, FPI's German distribution company, Lombard the Group's Luxembourg-based pan European wealth planning business for ultra high net worth customers and AmLife, the life insurance subsidiary of AmBank Group, which operates in Malaysia, in which Friends Life owns a 30% stake.
Van Der Wielen joins Friends Life from Sydney-based ANZ Banking Corporation where he was Managing Director, Wealth. He has over 20 years of international experience in the financial services industry covering life and pensions, general insurance, wealth management and banking, in particular as CEO of HBOS Financial Services.
"I'm joining Friends Life at an interesting time and am looking forward to getting to grips with my new role. One of my first tasks will be to understand the strategy, get to know the businesses that make up the International division and to meet the staff,” says Van Der Wielen.
"Despite the global economic turmoil the international business has seen good growth in the majority of its core markets, most notably in North and South East Asia. These markets have developed well over the period, with growth in regular and single premium business benefitting from the local economy being more buoyant than Europe. I'm keen to keep the momentum going."
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