PEOPLE MOVES: RL360°, Franklin Templeton, Generali


Steve Noon has joined RL360°’s Dubai office as regional sales manager, succeeding James Parsons, who recently moved to Ardan International – the Isle of Man-based international wealth platform acquired last year by RL360° – as head of sales.

Noon, pictured above, has spent the past seven years with RL360° in Asia, which Middle East head of sales Stuart Shilcock noted will be an “invaluable” experience in the Gulf as he looks to build “on the already strong relationships James has forged in the region”.

Prior to joining RL360°’s Asia sales team in Bangkok in 2009, Noon, who is originally from the Isle of Man, where RL360° is also based, worked in Kuala Lumpur. His 13 years’ experience in financial services included stints with Alliance & Leicester and Standard Bank.

Franklin Templeton Investments

Franklin Templeton Investments has hired Martyn Gilbey to be its new UK country head, succeeding Ian Wilkins, who announced his intention to leave the San Mateo, California-based, NYSE-listed asset manager last year, after 16 years.

Gilbey, pictured left,  comes to Franklin Templeton from Aberdeen Asset Management, where he was head of UK Distribution, overseeing a team of 40, responsible for supporting some £200bn of assets across all asset classes. As reported,  some 800 jobs are expected to be lost as a result of the all-share merger, announced in March, of Aberdeen with Standard Life.

Before Aberdeen, he worked at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership as head of Wholesale Distribution, and before that at Mirae Asset Global Investments as global chief marketing officer. Gilbey has more than 24 years’ experience in financial services, of which some 18 have involved investment management, Franklin Templeton noted, in announcing his appointment.

At FTI, Gilbey will lead the development of retail and institutional business in the UK and offshore territories, and will report to Vivek Kudva, managing director, EMEA and India.


Jean-Laurent Granier is to succeed Eric Lombard as Generali’s country manager for France, and président directeur général of Generali France, with effect from 1 June, the company has announced. Granier will also join the group management committee of Assicurazioni Generali, Trieste-based Generali said.

Granier comes to Generali from AXA, which he first joined in 1997, and where, since January 2010, he has been chief executive officer of the Mediterranean and Latin American region, encompassing 23 countries, as well as being a member of the AXA executive committee.

From January 2012 to June 2016 Granier served as chairman and CEO of AXA Global P&C, and was a member of the AXA management committee, according to a statement announcing his appointment to Generali.

Lombard is to remain with Generali, where he “will continue to assist the group chief executive on strategic and institutional affairs” as well as maintaining his current role as chairman of Europ Assistance, a Paris-based global medical assistance business Generali acquired in 2001, Generali said, until the end of the year, when he will leave the Generali Group.

Lombard will also remain a member of the board of the German financial advice business DVAG (Deutsche Vermögensberatung), Generali said.

Gary Robinson
Head of Video and Ezines at Open Door Media Publishing. Deputy Editor, International Investment. An experienced journalist and filmmaker with more than 20 years' financial services experience, both as journalist and originally as a fully qualified IFA, Gary works across both International Investment and InvestmentEurope titles. Previous video production credits include projects on BBC, C4 and SKY.

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