PEOPLE MOVES: Santander Asset Management, Tilney Group, Sun Life

Santander Asset Management

Santander Asset Management, the asset management arm of the Spanish Santander banking group, has named Cipriano Sancho to its Madrid-based fund selection team, as an absolute return and alternative strategies analyst.

Sancho succeeds Peter Murphy, who was senior research analyst, and will report to José María Martínez-Sanjuán. 

Sancho, pictured right, comes to Santander AM from BBVA Asset Management, where most recently he was head of quantitative analysis processes from 2013, and specialised in absolute return funds. Previously he worked at Inversis Banco and Allfunds Bank.

Sancho is a qualified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and Financial Risk Manager. His appointment is the latest in a series of recent hirings by Santander Asset Management,  which has around €46bn in assets under management or supervision globally.

A little more than a year ago Ángel Lara joined the Madrid team from Banco Sabadell, while in May last year Wee-Tsen Lee and Pryesh Emrith joined the team’s London selection office.

Tilney Group

Tilney, the Mayfair, London-based investment management and financial planning group, has added two financial planners to its New Street Square office in London.

The two new planners are Tyrone Samsonroy and Ben Gibson.

Samsonroy joins from HSBC, where he was a premier client manager for four years, providing financial advice to high-net-worth clients. Prior to HSBC he worked as a relationship manager at Santander Private Bank, and a financial adviser at Lloyds Banking Group.

Gibson, pictured below, comes to Tilney from the  Royal London Group, where he spent the past two years as a business development manager, responsible for delivering strategy and propositions to a panel of key pensions intermediaries, Tilney said. Before this, he was an account manager at Scottish Widows.

According to Tilney, Samsonroy and Gibson will deliver advice to clients as part of the firm’s “two expert” approach, which sees financial planners paired alongside the firm’s investment managers to provide an “integrated” wealth management service.

As reported,  Tilney, which had been known as Tilney Bestinvest, rebranded earlier this year, following its acquisition and integration of Towry, which was completed in August 2016.

Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Assurance Co, a part of the Toronto-based Sun Life Financial group, has named Stevan Lewis to the newly-created position of senior vice-president of digital transformation.

Lewis comes to Sun Life Assurance from another Sun Life operation, where he was a senior vice president and chief technical officer.

In his new role, he will be based Toronto, and report to Mark Saunders, executive vice-president and chief information officer. He will be responsible for overseeing the strategic development of the insurance company’s digital, data and analytics operations, to better accommodate the needs of the company’s policyholders, the company said in a statement announcing his appointment.

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