UK-based advice group Ascot Lloyd has appointed Christian Burgess as chief financial and operations officer.
Burgess will lead Ascot Lloyd’s finance and operational transformation functions, working closely with chief executive Nigel Stockton to drive the strategic agenda across the business.
He joins from Cabot Credit Management, where he was chief financial officer and the board member responsible for all emerging markets businesses.
Stockton said: “We are delighted to welcome Christian to the executive team at Ascot Lloyd, who brings a proven ability to execute ambitious strategic agendas within complex markets. As we continue to evolve our business to meet the changing needs of clients, automation and digitalisation have become a core part of our thinking.
“Christian will spearhead our efforts in this space, whilst leading our wider operations and finance teams, ensuring that our business remains as competitive as possible in a fast-evolving marketplace.”
Elsewhere, Peter Blanc, head of M&A at Howden Group Holdings, joins as a non-executive director.
Blanc will add “considerable weight” to Ascot Lloyd’s M&A function as the businesses continue to grow through a mixture of organic and inorganic growth.
Mike Covell, chair at Ascot Lloyd, added: “The depth of experience that Peter brings to the Ascot Lloyd board will be hugely beneficial as we continue to deliver on our core strategic priorities. The level of expertise flowing through the business is matched by the ambition of the growth strategy, and the skills that Peter brings, particularly in the M&A space, add to our evolving set of capabilities.
“With experience spanning the breadth of financial markets at some of the biggest institutions, the appointment reflects Ascot Lloyd’s ability to attract leading talent in the market.”