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Rignall joins Sesame to boost mortgages

Sesame has appointed Paul Rignall as mortgage product manager, joining from St James’s Place where he was mortgage marketing manager.

He replaces Andy Young who left for TBMC in April. Rignall was responsible for mortgage and general insurance at SJP and he previously worked for Zurich.

Rignall will be responsible for management and development of Sesame’s mortgage proposition.

Sesame has written around 14bn in mortgage business. Its most recent venture has been to introduce an equity-release brochure to address concerns of advisers over lifetime mortgages.

Rignall says: “I am very exc- ited at the prospect of joining one of the biggest players in the UK mortgage market.”

Sesame head of product management Andrew Oliver says: “Paul will be instrumental in helping to increase volumes steadily and oversee the way in which we manage the needs of our registered individuals.

“We will continue to help maintain the levels of business they are writing, help to broa- den portfolios and efficiently use technology while work- ing closely with lenders.”


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