Origen growth plans in doubt

Mr Kirsch’s departure this week means plans he expressed in July when he talked of “developments” in the pipeline may now go on the back burner.

Mr Kirsch, who was unavailable for comment, said: “We expect to have a couple of announcements in the next couple of months that will accelerate our growth”, and encouraged the reporter to “call me in a couple of months’ time”.

A spokesman for Aegon UK declined to comment on the growth plans or Mr Kirsch’s previous comments. He said: “Mr Kirsch has chosen to step down from Origen Financial Services. Rob Waller, executive chairman for distribution, will be acting as interim chief executive until further notice.”

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