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Standard Bank focuses on intermediary business with further appointments

Standard Bank has stepped up its focus on Asia and the Middle East as it continues to strengthen its sales development team and reinforces its commitment to developing intermediary business in both regions.

Veronica O’Brien and Steve Noon have both been appointed to expand the Bank’s ability to distribute its range of offshore products and services to IFAs in these areas.

Based in Dubai, Veronica O’Brien will focus on further developing intermediary business in the Middle East. With more than ten years experience in the international financial services industry, she has a proven track record of developing and managing customer support functions.

Miss O’Brien joins Standard Bank from the Dubai branch of Friends Provident International, which she established and managed on a day-to-day basis. Prior to that, she worked with Scottish Provident International in their Dubai office.

Steve Noon, based in the Isle of Man, will take on responsibility for growing business with IFAs in Asia.

With over ten years of experience in sales & marketing, Mr Noon joins Standard Bank from Derbyshire Offshore in the Isle of Man, where he drove the strategic plan to expand the firm’s profile in intermediary and corporate markets, establishing new relationships throughout the UK and internationally.

Throughout his financial services career, he has built up a reputation for successfully developing products and services specifically for the corporate and intermediary sector. He has been a member of the Isle of Man’s ‘A-Team’, the group of finance professionals that actively promotes the jurisdiction as a centre of excellence, whilst he holds the Financial Planning Certificate 1 and a qualification from the Charted Institute of Insurance.

Nigel Watson, Director – Intermediary Distribution, Standard Bank Isle of Man Limited, said “Standard Bank is continuing to focus on strengthening its capabilities in delivering its services to intermediaries and IFAs in the world’s fastest growing markets. With this in mind, it is fantastic to welcome Veronica and Steve, who will concentrate on building business in the Middle East and Asia. They both arrive at Standard Bank with an impressive record in successfully developing new business whilst their knowledge of international financial services will be a valuable addition to the Bank’s existing resources as it continues to expand its intermediary business.”