MetLife Australia has added two appointments to its retail team, a new head of retail product and strategic account manager.
John Ashton will be the company’s new head of retail product, being held responsible for managing product strategy and strengthening the team’s senior experience.
Mr Ashton will be based in MetLife’s Melbourne office, where he will lead the optimisation of MetLife Protect. The company said he will be tapping into adviser and client feedback.
Meanwhile, Dave Evans has joined as strategic account manager.
Mr Evans will be focused on the licensee platform, with MetLife saying he will drive the next phase of growth for the business. The modular insurance product, MetLife Protect, was said to be continuing to gain traction among licensees.
Mr Ashton has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, having worked across licensees, insurance, underwriting and product design for a number of companies.
Mr Evans on the other hand has over 20 years’ financial services sales experience and will be based in the Brisbane office.
Matt Lippiatt, MetLife head of retail sales commented: “They are both seasoned retail insurance professionals who are well known to advisers and licensees alike. Their deep experience will help us shape our offer and drive our engagement with the market as we continue to accelerate our growth.
“At a time of consolidation, MetLife is committed to backing advisers. These appointments are one more example of that commitment.”
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