Aegon launches online advisory panel
Aegon has launched an online panel to better understand the challenges intermediaries currently face and to help guide the business on its approach to combining the Aegon and Cofunds platforms. All intermediaries who currently work with Aegon and Cofunds will receive an invitation to join the panel. Aegon is hoping to recruit a broad spectrum of intermediaries from across the UK in order to put their views at the very heart of its proposition, and so it can also promote them during discussions with government and the regulator.
The online panel is designed to complement the existing Advisory Board which met for the first time in December. At the Board Aegon outlined its intermediary focus, platform strategy and what users can expect to see in the coming months. The business also explained its intention to combine the best of both the Aegon and Cofunds platforms through a technology upgrade approach. The panel will enable a wider base of intermediaries the opportunity to inform Aegon’s thinking and provides an additional forum to input on issues raised at the Board.
Mark Till, Chief Distribution and Marketing officer at Aegon said: “We’ve spoken to many intermediaries in the weeks since the Cofunds deal completed and all the feedback on the future of the platform industry has been extremely valuable. By closely involving them in helping to shape our plans, we will co-create a platform business that they feel they’ve invested in, and ultimately one that benefits their business and their clients.
“The online panel, in conjunction with our Advisory Board will be an important part of this process and in addition to gathering intermediaries’ views on platform and proposition, we’ll ensure that views on the issues affecting advisory businesses are heard in our conversations with government and the regulator.”
- In the UK, Aegon offers retirement, workplace savings and protection solutions to around three million customers and employs approximately 2,000 staff. In 2016 Aegon announced deals to acquire Cofunds and BlackRock’s DC pension platform which in combination with Aegon’s existing platform assets, make the combined business one of the largest investment platform companies in the UK.
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