Here at Wesleyan, we’re pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Harrison as our new Chief Distribution Officer.
Richard joined us in January from HSBC, where he led the UK Branch Network, a Premier non-regulated business. He was responsible for over 7,000 people and 625 branches.
Richard brings with him more than 20 years of leadership experience in the financial services sector. In his new role, he’ll be strengthening our distribution strategy to deliver a greater focus on the specialist needs of our professional customer groups – doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers.
He takes responsibility for our team of hundreds of Specialist Financial Advisers from Wesleyan Financial Services and oversees the general insurance business and Wesleyan Group’s sales and marketing activity.
Our Group Chief Executive, Mario Mazzocchi says: "Richard will play a vital role in our strategy to deliver a truly specialist service to our professional customers over their lifetime. He has excellent experience in leading distribution teams and an impressive track record of delivering positive outcomes for customers, with a strong focus on commercial results. This is obviously important to us as a mutual because we want to deliver the best returns to our customers and members."
Richard added: "I'm really excited to have joined Wesleyan and to be part of a mutual business with such a rich heritage and huge future potential. My focus will be on ensuring Wesleyan truly capitalises on its position as a specialist provider by putting a relentless focus on the needs of our professional customers and making it even easier and more effective for them to do business with us."