Appointments update 6 December 2021

AJ Bell has named Peter Birch as chief financial officer, subject to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approval.

Birch brings extensive experience to the role, joining from Deloitte LLP, where he is currently a financial services audit and assurance partner. He will join the AJ Bell Board and Executive Management Board to replace Michael Summersgill, who was appointed to the role of deputy chief executive officer with effect from 1 October 2021. Summersgill will continue to undertake the duties of CFO until Birch joins the company on 1 July 2022.

The Investment Association (IA) has appointed Sonja Laud as new chair of the IA Investment Committee.

In the role, Laud will work closely with the IA executive team to provide advice and support on matters of strategic importance and industry priority, and act as an ambassador for the UK investment industry. Laud, who is currently Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) chief investment officer, replaces State Street Group executive vice president and senior adviser, Rick LaCaille, as chair of the committee.

Aegon has announced the appointment of Jim Ewing as UK chief financial officer (CFO), subject to regulatory approval.

Ewing brings over 30 years' experience to the role and has been with Aegon since 2011, having held the role of chief risk officer since 2014, which saw him lead on one of the major functions of the business as well as Aegon’s Diversity and Inclusion programme. Prior to this, he was Solvency II director at Lloyds Banking Group. He will replace Stephen McGee as CFO, following his decision to move to Scottish Friendly as chief executive.

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