Articles - Skandia builds presence in Middle East and Africa


 Skandia International has expanded its team in the Middle East and Africa with two new sales appointments.

 Dawn Walker-Bennett joined Skandia International as an area manager for the Middle East in October 2013. Dawn will focus on maintaining and developing relationships with key distribution partners. She joins from AFH Wealth Management, a well-known UK IFA, where she was a business development director. She has been in financial services for over 16 years and will bring a wealth of business development experience with her.

 Tom Northway joined Skandia International as an area manager for Africa in November 2013. He will be based in Nairobi from early 2014. Tom will be Skandia International’s first Africa-based area manager and will enable them to significantly increase their local distribution support. Tom will focus on developing relationships with Old Mutual Africa, local IFAs and banks, helping to broaden Skandia International’s reach in the region. Tom joins from Raiffeisen Private Bank, where he worked as a consultant, and prior to that he worked at Raiffeisen Bank International as a director for fund sales. Tom’s excellent knowledge of the investment industry and private wealth management will be of great value to Skandia International’s distribution partners across Africa.

 In addition to the new appointments, Yunus Selant has been appointed as head of sales for the Middle East and Africa; he was previously area manager for the Middle East. This is a reflection of the excellent work being carried out by Yunus and the broadening scope of the region.

 Brendan Dolan, head of the Middle East and Africa region, Skandia International, comments:

 “These senior appointments will help re-enforce our presence in the Middle East and Africa region. The growth potential in the area is significant, and we remain committed to servicing and developing our business in the region.”

 Victor France, sales director, Skandia International, comments:

 “The Middle East and Africa markets are strategically important for us, with fast growing economies, expanding local affluent and high net worth customer bases and large expatriate communities. These new and highly talented appointments will help us build our regional presence and achieve our ambitious growth plans in the region”.

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