Scottish Widows has hired Legal & General RDR business implementation director Esther Dijsktra to spearhead its return to the intermediary protection sector.
Dijsktra has been appointed head of intermediary protections propositions and will prepare the lender for its re-entry into the sector, which will be towards the end of 2014.
She will be supported by former Aegon UK head of individual protection sales and distribution development Alun Beynon, who has been leading a study into the feasibility of launching Widows into the intermediary space since last year.
Scottish Widows director of annuities, protection and bancassurance Richard Jones says: “In 2012, Scottish Widows indicated it was considering entering the intermediary market and Esther’s appointment is a significant milestone in developing our plans in this regard.”
Scottish Widows pulled out of the intermediary protection market in June 2008.