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Gaskin takes over As BA&#39s chief exec

Former Misys IFA Services chairman and Exchange managing director Jim Gaskin is taking over as chief executive of network Burns-Anderson.

Current Burns-Anderson CEO Steve Kelland is stepping down from the role but will remain as chairman.

Gaskin left his job at The Exchange last November after its takeover by Marlborough Stirling.

Kelland says Gaskin has been chosen for the role to take charge of the day-to-day running of the network, which has around 550 registered individuals, and to focus on costs and improving services to IFAs.

Gaskin, who starts immediately, will work with Kelland to develop the network&#39s strategy for the new marketplace following the FSA&#39s review of polarisation.

He also intends to increase the network&#39s focus on servicing nonregulated products in the mortgage and general insurance sectors as a way for IFAs to increase their overall offering.

Gaskin says: “Seventy per cent of IFA distribution is through fewer than 10 distributors and Burns-Anderson is one of them. The potential for Burns-Anderson is immense.”

Kelland says: “We are planning to grow the business and will look at mergers or buying up other businesses to get critical mass. We are in talks with a number of people.”

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