TAL hires former Rest executive

The former operations chief at Rest has joined TAL as chief commercial officer.

Andrew Howard will lead the integration and transition of Suncorp Life into TAL in the newly created role.

Howard will be responsible for the performance of the newly integrated business and support employees as they transition to TAL.

Howard left Rest as chief operating officer in June 2018, a role he held for about three years. Prior to Rest, he held senior roles at NAB Asset Management, MLC and Accenture.

TAL also announced its acquisition of Suncorp Life finalised overnight.

Suncorp flagged in August 2018 it will sell its life insurance arm for $725 million. The acquisition created a 20-year agreement to sell life insurance products through Suncorp's distribution network.

Suncorp's Australian life insurance offerings including term life, income protection and funeral insurance will be added to TAL's current product offerings.

TAL group chief executive and managing director Brett Clark said: "The integration of Suncorp's Australian life business will commence immediately and we are confident that the team will deliver an efficient transition, alongside strong business performance, and customer and partner outcomes during the integration period."

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