Aegon Ireland, the guarantee solutions specialist, has announced the appointment of Duncan Robertson as Marketing Director. Robertson assumes responsibility for the entire marketing mix including product development, pricing, internal sales, and sales training along with marketing communications.
Robertson joined Aegon earlier this year as Director of Pricing before being promoted to Marketing Director. Robertson has extensive experience developing life and pensions solutions across Europe and was previously Aviva’s European Retirement Product Management Director. He is currently the Chairman of the Actuarial Association of Europe’s task force on “decumulation”.
Duncan Robertson, Marketing Director at Aegon said: “I am delighted to be taking on the full responsibility for Aegon Ireland’s marketing function. Research conducted by Aegon consistently points towards guarantees and security of income being people’s number one concern, and in Aegon we have the people with the skills and experience to manufacture solutions that meet this precise need. I fully expect Aegon Ireland to be at the forefront of the provision of guaranteed solutions over the coming years.”
In addition to Robertson’s appointment, Aegon Ireland has confirmed Edward Lynch as Chief Risk Officer, Marco Groot Wassink as Chief Financial Officer and Tadhg Clandillon as Chief Actuary and Deputy CFO. Robertson, Lynch and Clandillon assume their roles with immediate effect, while Groot Wassink will join Aegon Ireland in the New Year.
Barry Cudmore, Managing Director at Aegon said: “We already have a market leading range of guaranteed solutions and are in the perfect position to play a dominant role in the growing UK market. The team that I have put together builds on years of experience — allowing us to not only cement our current position, but to respond more quickly and effectively to the heightened need for guaranteed investment and longevity solutions.”
The new members of the Senior Management Team:
Edward Lynch has over 17 years of experience in the domestic and cross border life insurance industry under his belt, including four years in the variable annuities market. Prior to joining Aegon Ireland in 2010, he was Head of Actuarial in Irish Life’s international division. At Aegon, Lynch currently leads the company’s hedging programme.
Tadhg Clandillon brings a wealth of experience in the life insurance industry, including six years in the variable annuities market. During his time at Aegon, Clandillon is leading the Solvency II agenda and managed key operational developments.
Marco Groot Wassink, who will join Aegon Ireland in 2015, is currently Executive Vice President with Aegon in Shanghai. His responsibilities there include finance, investment, actuarial and risk management.