The position is a new one, and comes as the life company ramps up its focus on the high net worth sector of its UK operation, an L&G spokesman said. This shift in emphasis saw the company’s international bond business post a 27% increase in annual premium equivalent last year, compared with the previous year, he added.
Most recently Walkington had the title of industry and market development manager at Prudential, where she looked after onshore as well as offshore investment opportunities and challenges. Prior to taking this role recently, she had been international marketing manager at the company for more than seven years.
Walkington will continue to be based in Scotland, as a part of the Dublin-based Legal & General operations.
Legal & General (Ireland) chief executive Dave Fagan said that with the introduction of the Retail Distribution Review in January 2013, “we see significant opportunities” to be had the area of providing support to advisory firms that specialise in high net worth clients.
Walkington, he added, “brings a wealth of technical experience and distribution knowledge which will be of great value in developing our proposition” with such individuals.
At Prudential, many of Walkington’s duties will be taken on by Andrew Lind, who recently joined the company from Aegon, and who will specialise in the marketing of international products into both the UK and overseas markets, Prudential said. At Aegon, Lind had been a senior marketing consultant of investment products.