MLC Life Insurance snaps up seasoned leaders to head up distribution strategy

Additions expected to grow business and build out key partnerships

MLC Life Insurance snaps up seasoned leaders to head up distribution strategy

Life & Health

By Roxanne Libatique

MLC Life Insurance has appointed Arthur Tang, Mat Amanovich, and Adam Read as business development managers (BDMs).

The new hires join the MLC Life Insurance Northern Region Retail Distribution team – with Tang being based in Queensland, and Amanovich and Read in New South Wales (NSW).

Michael Rogers, chief individual insurance officer for MLC Life Insurance, said the latest appointments will bolster the company’s strength and experience.

“Financial advisers have always been key partners for MLC Life Insurance,” he said. “Bringing in experienced industry professionals means we can continue to focus on delivering a total customer experience to our partners, and these hires are the next step in underlining the improvements in our adviser experience and part of our ongoing commitment to the health and success of the financial advice industry.”

Michael Downey, general manager of distribution for MLC Life Insurance, added: “Our sales team has already doubled our new sales market share, and we’re excited for these new appointments to continue that trajectory.

“In Arthur, Mat, and Adam, we have three seasoned leaders in our industry. They’ll be a crucial part of our sales strategy, which is focused on new business growth, building out our key partnerships, and driving a culture of excellence.”

New appointments

Based in Queensland, Tang brings more than two decades of experience in financial services to his new role at MLC Life Insurance, having undertaken business and practice development roles with several leading insurers and financial institutions.

Commenting on his new role, Tang said: “I’m passionate about building trusted partnerships and helping advisers and their staff deliver exceptional outcomes for their clients, and I’m excited to do that for an insurer with such a terrific proposition for advisers.”

Amanovich has nearly a decade of experience working in financial services, including business development roles at leading insurers and financial institutions, most recently at Clearview.

Commenting on his appointment, Amanovich said: “MLC Life Insurance is one of Australia’s leading and most trusted insurers, and I’m proud to continue that tradition and help usher in a period of increased growth and better outcomes for advisers.

Read has more than 23 years of diversified financial services experience, including at Westpac and BT.

“I’m proud of my reputation for building trusted partnerships with some of the country’s top advice businesses. At MLC Life Insurance, I’ll continue to help financial planning practices achieve the goals of their clients and businesses,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ben Deslongrais, who has been with MLC Life Insurance for 13 years and in a business development role since 2017, will take on a new role in Victoria and join the southern distribution team.

He commented: “This new role is nine years of hard work coming to reality. I love the adviser development space and enjoy working with and embedding myself into adviser offices.”

The leadership appointments follow MLC Life Insurance’s appointment of a new head of group pricing.

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