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Zurich chief Keogh will head SEI&#39s wealth team

Multi-manager specialist SEI Investments has recruited Zurich director Chris Keogh to head its wealth channel as part of the group&#39s drive to enhance its offering to UK intermediaries.

As managing director of wealth, Keogh will spearhead a revamp aimed at broadening SEI&#39s offering to advisers, focusing specifically on creating all-round business solutions rather than the delivery of products. He will report to head of global business Joe Ujobai.

Keogh was previously executive director of financial planning at Zurich Fin-ancial Services, where he devised the strategy for a business targeting high-networth clients.

Before that, he perfor-med a similar role for ZFS&#39s IFA arm, overseeing the merger of the salesforces of Eagle Star, Zurich Life and Allied Dunbar, where he had previously spent 11 years.

Ujobai says: “Chris is exactly the high-calibre individual that we have been looking for to help us broa-den and deepen our offering to advisers.”

Keogh says: “The UK high-net-worth market holds significant opportunities for quality advisers. I firmly believe that a comprehensive business solution will add significantly to advisers&#39 general business.”


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