Aviva wholesale sales head departs

The head of wholesale sales at Aviva Investors has left the company and a recruitment process is underway to find his replacement.

Karl Linder joined Aviva in 2015 and was responsible for building out the firm's wholesale wealth management business. Prior to that, he was an adviser at Think Financial Planning and a national account manager at Perpetual.

Speaking to Financial Standard, an Aviva spokesperson said Linder had left to pursue other opportunities, and that "we are in the midst of recruiting a senior institutional sales person to be based in Sydney."

"Brett Jackson, managing director, Australia, continues to oversee Aviva Investors' business in Australia and New Zealand," the spokesperson added.

Separately Aviva appointed Mike Craston as the global chair of its asset management business in November. Craston succeeded John Misslebrook, who served as chair since 2014.

Commenting on his departure, Misselbrook said: "Aviva Investors has made significant progress in recent years under the executive team led by Euan Munro; growing external assets under management, delivering more meaningful profits to the Aviva Group and significantly improving its risk and control framework."

"Mike has an excellent track record in the asset management business, and his appointment as chair has the full support of myself and the AIHL board. I wish him well," Misselbrook said.

Craston added: "It will be a privilege to chair Aviva Investors. John Misselbrook has played a key role in the transformation of the business and I would like to thank him personally for his support."

"I strongly believe in the growth potential of Aviva Investors and look forward to working closely with the executive committee to deliver its strategy," Craston said.

Read more: Aviva InvestorsAustraliaMike CrastonJohn MisselbrookKarl LinderAviva GroupBrett JacksonEuan MunroFinancial PlanningFinancial StandardJohn MisslebrookNew ZealandSeparately AvivaSydney
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