View more on these topics

Ed Gardner becomes MetLife’s new UK CEO

Ed Gardner has joined MetLife as the UK branch’s chief executive officer and Dominic Grinstead as strategic development and marketing director in a bid to strengthen the operation in the UK.

Gardner joined as chief financial officer for the group’s UK operations in August 2007. Prior to this the chartered accountant worked as a consultant for start-up bulk annuity business Lucida, Tata Consulting Services and Sun Life of Canada.

Grinstead joined in 2005 initially to work on the business case for a UK launch. Before that he was head of national sales at Clerical Medical.

Regional head for MetLife International Shailendra Ghorpade says: “We are optimistic about the prospects for our business in the UK and throughout Europe and the appointment of Ed and Dominic is a vital building block in our plans for growth.”

Gardner says: “We have ambitious plans to further develop our business and I look forward to working closely with our business partners to deliver those plans.”

Grinstead says: “This is an exciting time for MetLife in the UK and we aim to enhance our reputation for innovation throughout the year.”


Investors cotton on to agriculture

Agriculture has moved from a niche investment play into the mainstream over the past year. Investors looking for alternative asset classes have been quick to buy into the agriculture story, attracted by long-term themes of rising meat and dairy consumption in the developing markets and demand for biofuels.Appetite for the sector has been so strong […]

Warning to IFAs on drawdown advice

IFAs are being told they should not offer advice on income drawdown unless they are capable and prepared to provide ongoing management of the portfolio.Compliance consultant Adam Samuel says that to offer an income drawdown service safely, advisers have to actively manage the fund.However, he says few advisers are capable of giving drawdown advice and […]

Question of competence

When reading the weekly press, we can be excused when the macro obscures the micro. The volatility of the economic landscape only serves to confuse and a plain man’s guide to what has happened since Northern Rock is nowhere to be seen.


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up


    Leave a comment