Sesame Bankhall Group (SBG) has appointed Paul Wilson as chief operating officer (COO), subject to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approval.
He succeeds Richard Howells who left the business earlier this month to take up a new role elsewhere in the industry.
Howells joined SBG as managing director in 2019 from Experian where he was director of insurance, wealth, life and pensions for UK and Ireland.
He is also a former UK intermediary sales director at Zurich and managing director of strategy and development at Bankhall.
With more than 30 years’ financial services experience, Wilson has held a range of senior executive roles and joins from Aviva.
His previous industry roles include chief marketing officer at Aviva, director of consulting at Barclays Wealth, and divisional director of business development at St James’s Place.
Currently a non-executive director of SBG’s board, Wilson will officially start his new role on 3 July.
John Cowan, interim chief executive at Sesame Bankhall Group, said: “I am pleased to welcome Paul to SBG.
“With in-depth experience and expertise in strategy, transformation, marketing and distribution as well as building and leading teams that deliver growth, value and efficiency, he will be an excellent addition to our experienced leadership team.
“With the hard work, expertise and commitment of our people, we are in a strong position to take advantage of the many opportunities ahead, and I am incredibly optimistic and positive about the future direction of the business.”
Wilson added: “I am delighted to be joining SBG. Having been on the board for the past two years, I know what a vibrant and ambitious business it is and I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the team to help them deliver on the group’s long-term objectives.”