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Carby leaves Openwork

Keith Carby has left Openwork with immediate effect and will be replaced as chief executive by Martin Davis, the current chairman.

Money Marketing understands that there has been tension at senior management level with regard to the future ownership and direction of the business.

Following his appointment, Davis will step down as current chairman. The board and Zurich Group have asked Kate Avery, currently a non-executive director of Openwork, to assume the role of chair.

Davis was previously chief executive of Zurich Global Life Emerging Markets. He has also previously held executive positions at Zurich International Life and Sesame.

Davis says the firm will look to establish a two-tier distribution model in the context of the RDR with both multi-tied and whole-of-market advisers working for the firm.

Davis says: “I am very excited about the prospect of building on the existing model and strongly believe that, with Zurich’s continued support for high quality distribution in the UK, Openwork is in an excellent position to meet the challenges of the changing regulatory environment ahead. I believe this is an exciting time to take on the role of chief executive.”

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  1. Douglas Carroll 10th July 2009 at 12:46 pm

    The Openwork Model
    Is Davies’s two-tier distribution model one in which the client of the multi-tied adviser is referred to the ‘in-house’ whole of market adviser because the M-T adviser has failed to satisfy the client’s needs through this limited route?

    Or will the whole of market advisers build and maintain their own exclusive client banks?

    Or will Davies fudge it by delaring some of each?

    Is this really a Multi-Tied distribution channel by any other name?

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