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AMP names Blair Vernon as CFO, dissolves Australian wealth management structure

(Reuters) – Australia’s AMP said on Monday Blair Vernon will take over from Peter Fredricson as its chief financial officer and will dissolve the structure of its local wealth management arm in a bid to simplify its operational model.

Shares of the 174-year-old wealth manager traded 1.4% higher as at 0224 GMT, marking their second straight session of gains.

The move comes as assets under management at AMP’s flagship Australian wealth management (AWM) unit fell about 13% to A$124.2 billion ($84.24 billion) for the year ended Dec. 31, affected by the decline in investment markets, and net cash outflows of A$5.3 billion.

Fredricson, who joined AMP last year, will be retiring in early July and handing over the ropes to Vernon, who has been with the company for more than a decade.

The company will also dissolve the AWM CEO role as part of its simplified structure, resulting in the current chief Scott Hartley leaving the Australian wealth manager in six months.

($1 = 1.4743 Australian dollars)

(Reporting by Navya Mittal and Sameer Manekar in Bengaluru; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman, Sherry Jacob-Phillips & Shri Navaratnam)


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