Sesame appoints new chief executive

Sesame appoints new chief executive

Sesame Bankhall Group has appointed Michele Golunska as chief executive.

Ms Golunska joins the firm from Aviva, where she was operations director for the Workplace Savings and Retirement business. 

Her other previous senior roles include retirement services director at Friends Life, executive director at JLT Employee Benefits, operations director at Paternoster and customer delivery director at Prudential.

In her new role she will report to John Cowan, who is chairman of Sesame Bankhall.

Ms Golunska replaces Martin Schultheiss, who left the role of chief executive after just one year in November, although he had the job title group managing director, and Ms Golunska will have the job title chief executive.

The role of group managing director is no longer part of the company's executive team.

SBG has a network of 11,000 mortgage and protection advisers in the UK, including in its mortgage club and its support services business for advisers, as well as traditional network.

Sesame is the adviser network, Bankhall provides support services to advisers, and PMS is the mortgage club. 

The appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

Ms Golunska said: “I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to lead SBG. I’ve been impressed by how alive SBG is to the societal and competitive forces that are shaping our industry, and more importantly, SBG’s determination to be at the forefront of delivering an improved customer experience for the advisers and clients it serves.

"I believe the experience I have gained in a range of senior digital, organisational and transformational roles will be crucial as SBG moves into a new phase of investment and growth.

"SBG has a bold vision and exciting plans for the future; the key now is to bring this vision to life so that advisers and their clients can reap the benefits.”

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