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Aon have appointed Bill Gourlay as global head of Investment Product Development.

 In this new role, Bill Gourlay will be responsible for leading the firm’s work in assessing the viability of new investment solutions, as well as developing and launching them and monitoring their progress when in use by clients.

 Bill Gourlay was previously the chief executive officer of Idea Group, a fintech provider of business process improvement solutions to the pensions and alternative investments sectors. He also has extensive product management experience having created a global product division at Royal Bank of Canada, invented an automated product management system, and worked in consulting roles with several firms in a variety of business sectors on best practice product strategy. Prior to this, he held senior global client facing roles at SWIFT, Deutsche Bank, State Street and Bankers Trust. He has also had extensive involvement in advisory roles on several financial industry boards.

 Andy Cox, head of EMEA/APAC, Investment at Aon, said: “Our clients increasingly look to us for fresh ideas and solutions which can help steer them to where they need to be. Aon has huge resources worldwide but we have identified the need both to bring together our efforts in this area and to energise them to the best effect.

 “Bill Gourlay brings considerable and varied experience to our global investment business. Innovation and development have been central themes in his financial services industry career so far, and so with his appointment we are making clear our determination to give direction and organisation to our future development. I am confident that our clients will soon see the benefit of our new approach and his leadership.”

 Bill Gourlay said: “This is a great opportunity to join a leading organisation with the keenest focus on improving all that it develops and delivers for its clients.

 “With its Global Investment Solution Development Review process, Aon has specifically created a means of developing, evolving and improving solutions. Much of my career has been centred on this aspect of the financial industry, so I am looking forward to harnessing Aon’s global resources to the maximum effect.”
   

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