Royal London announces executives for intermediary business

Hugh McKee, recently appointed as chief executive for the intermediary business of Royal London, announced today that Ewan Smith will be the new chief executive of pensions in the new intermediary executive team at the company.

The intermediary executive team, which includes Scottish Life, Bright Grey, Scottish Provident and Caledonian Life, includes Roger Edwards as managing director for UK protection, Jim Smith as distribution director, Alastair Lonie as governance and business planning director and Ali Law as IT director.

Mr Edwards will take over from Ross Ainslie who is leaving in August to pursue a master’s degree. As proposition director for Bright Grey and Scottish Provident, Mr Edwards has been responsible for marketing, product development, and public relations. He has nearly 20 years’ experience marketing financial services products, 15 of which have been spent specialising in protection.

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Mr Edwards, said: “Whilst we will be sad to see Ross go, I’m delighted to be offered this opportunity. Both brands are successful in their own marketplaces and have very strong teams behind them. I’m very much looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead of me.”

In addition, a managing director for Caledonian Life is expected to be appointed in August and will also be a member of the executive team.

Mr McKee said: “Our commitment to the IFA sector is strong. This new leadership team and reporting structures put us in an excellent position to continue our delivery of top level products and services to our core markets.”