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New board appointments at Astute

17 January 2013 Astute
Jaco van Niekerk

Jaco van Niekerk

Laurence Balcomb

Laurence Balcomb

Astute, the specialist information technology company that provides data exchange services to financial services companies and financial advisers, has announced the appointment of Laurence Balcomb and Gregg MacIntyre as directors, and Jaco van Niekerk as

Mr Balcomb is divisional director at Liberty Life responsible for cost and efficiency improvement initiatives across the South African retail businesses. A chartered accountant, he has spent 14 years in financial services in various senior roles including sales and marketing, finance, operations and strategy.

Mr MacIntyre is general manager operations: personal financial advice and broker distribution at Old Mutual. He was previously CEO of the group’s life company in Namibia. In June 2007 he was appointed national manager agency franchise division and, in March 2008, head of OMSA health solutions. A certified financial planner, Mr MacIntyre holds BA LLB LLM degree from University of Natal Durban.

A certified financial planner and qualified lawyer, Jaco van Niekerk commenced his career in financial services as a legal adviser at Old Mutual. Mr van Niekerk is currently adviser development manager at Old Mutual with responsibility for advice frameworks, and adviser training and development through regional support centres and a team of legal advisers.

Said Biddie Biddulph, Managing Director of Astute: “It is a great pleasure to welcome our new directors to the Astute board. Laurence, Gregg and Jaco bring a significant degree of industry experience and insight to Astute’s deliberations and decisions on dealing with the challenges and business opportunities presented by today’s dynamic environment.”

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