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Halifax appoints head of sales

Ian Wilson has been promoted to head of sales at Halifax Intermediaries.

He has worked for the HBOS Group in a variety of roles for 25 years and has been regional manager of Halifax Intermediaries in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

He will report to Jack Saxton, managing director of the division, and will be responsible for its 50-strong sales team.

Wilson’s core objectives will be to increase sales, maintain service levels and build on existing relationships with key regional accounts.

He will work alongside national intermediary account managers Paul Silcock, Jonathan Buckle and Karen Bow- man, plus national new-build manager Andrew Bowes.

Wilson’s first task will be to boost the firm’s regional development management team to enable it to focus on product portfolios rather than standalone deals.


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