Friends Provident International appoints regional sales manager for Middle East

December 22, 2009 1:07 pm

Matthew Waterfield, General Manager (Middle East) for Friends Provident International, commented:

“Non Resident Indians constitute a large market in the UAE and throughout this region; we plan to work closely with this sector to understand more about their requirements, and where possible match our products and services to offer tailored solutions.”

Waterfield added, “Strengthening our team with the creation of the regional sales manager role and Shahid’s appointment reinforces our drive to grow and provide quality products to our valuable customers. The combination of Shahid’s experience and knowledge of this market makes him a valuable addition.”

Shahid has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joins FPI from Skandia where he held the role of regional sales consultant. During his tenure there, he increased panel business by 550%. Before then Shahid worked at AMP and GE Life.

Commenting on his appointment, Shahid said, “Having the opportunity to work in the newly created regional sales manager role and develop the Non Resident Indian proposition within this region is an exciting new challenge to take on. I am delighted to join FPI’s award winning team in Dubai and look forward to contributing to the growth of its share of this key market segment.”

FPI has seen consistent growth in 2009. It was recently awarded the Best Adviser Support and Customer Service for the Middle East at the prestigious International Adviser (IA), International Life Awards 2009. It was also victorious in the categories of Best Regular Premium Investment Product (Middle East for Premier Ultra), Best Online Proposition (Middle East), Best New Product (Middle East for Optus), and Best Single Premium Investment Product (Middle East for Reserve).