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IFA brands brought under Origen name

Well-known IFA brands Advisory & Brokerage Services, Wentworth Rose, Aurora Financial Group, Momentum Financial Services and Elliott Bayley will disappear early next year.

The five brands will go in the first quarter of 2005 once the FSA
approves the change to the Origen name.

Origen has signed up a number of new recruits and unveiled its
executive management team.

Michelle Cracknell, previously pensions director at Advisory &
Brokerage, is to become employee benefits director and will continue
to represent the firm on the Aifa council.

Former A&B investment director Tony Lanning takes on the wider
role of research and investment director with responsibility for
Origen’s product research and discretionary investment services.
Robert Rackliffe, previously joint chief executive of Aurora
Financial Group, becomes brand development director.

Nick Flynn has been appointed head of annuities and Dean Laley
becomes head of healthcare, with Malcolm Thomas set to head DC
pensions. The firm is close to appointing a finance director and an
operations director, with both being external appointments, to
complete its executive management group.

It has also appointed three sales directors, Colin Cameron, Steve
Carpenter and Gary Kay, and 12 branch managers.

Origen chief executive Gareth Marr says: “These appointments combine
the management talent from our five legacy businesses, Aegon UK and a
number of external appointments.”


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