iA Financial reorganizes leadership of two business units

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iA Financial reorganizes leadership of two business units

iA Financial Group has reorganized the management of two business units in response to the departure of one of its leaders.

The company has appointed Sean O’Brien as executive vice-president of wealth management. O’Brien succeeds Carl Mustos, who left iA Financial to “take up new challenges,” the company said.

O’Brien most recently served as executive vice-president of dealer services and special risks. Before joining iA Financial, he was the chief operating officer at CTL Corp. CTL was later acquired by iA Financial Group in October 2015. Following the acquisition, O’Brien was tapped to serve as president of iA Auto Finance and executive vice-president of dealer services and special risks.

Succeeding O’Brien as the new executive vice-president of dealer services and special risks is François Blais. Both changes are effective immediately.

Blais joined iA Auto and Home Insurance in 2004, having held various positions in the actuarial department such as vice-president. He was later made the company’s appointed actuary from 2014 to 2016. In May 2017, he was named iA Financial Group’s vice-president and chief data & analytics officer. Blais later returned to iA Auto and Home Insurance in 2018 as chief operating officer, before taking on the role as president of the business unit in 2019.

“It is for us [being] a growth-oriented reorganization that will position iA Financial Group even better in the Canadian wealth management market and address future challenges in this industry,” said iA Financial Group executive vice-president and chief growth officer Mike Stickney. “Sean and François will bring their expertise and leadership to individual wealth management and dealer services and special risks units respectively.”