Friends Life appoints managing director

Pensions, investments and insurance provider Friends Life has appointed John Van Der Wielen as managing director international.

Mr Van Der Wielen will report to Friends Life CEO Andy Biggs and will become a member of the group executive committee.

He was previously managing director for wealth at ANZ Banking Corporation in Sydney, Australia and has also previously worked as chief executive officer of Halifax Bank of Scotland Financial Services.

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Mr Van Der Wielen said: “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.”