Lombard International, the global leader in wealth structuring solutions for the high net worth market, today announced the appointment of James Gatoff to the new role of Group Marketing and Communications Director.
James will take responsibility for Corporate Communications, Group Marketing, Media Relations and Internal Communications worldwide and will report to John Hillman, Executive Chairman and Axel Hörger, CEO Europe of Lombard International. In this role, James will draw on his 18-years’ worth of experience in leading large-scale organisational change, transformation, commercial development and communication programmes.
He joins Lombard International from his role as Group Marketing and Communications Director at FNZ, a global financial technology company. Prior to joining FNZ, James was Group Communications Director at Friends Life Group where he led the global communications team for three years.
James has a sales and marketing background and was previously Head of Business Development at Friends Life, responsible for winning, implementing and managing new large corporate partnerships. He is a Chartered Insurer, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurance and has a BSc (Hons) in Business.
John Hillman, Executive Chairman of Lombard International, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Jamie to Lombard International to lead the Marketing and Communications teams. His experience and background in cross-media communications will greatly support our growth ambitions. We’re at an exciting stage in our evolution and I very much look forward to working closely with Jamie as we continue to grow opportunities in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia.”
James Gatoff commented: “I have known Lombard International for many years and have been impressed with their innovative approach and service solutions for the high net worth market. I’m delighted to be joining Lombard International and I’m looking forward to working with the strong global leadership team to help further grow the business and realise new global opportunities.”
About Lombard International
Lombard International is a leading life insurance-based wealth solutions provider, combining the strength and expertise of two specialist life insurance companies with over 20 years’ experience and market leadership in their respective fields. Lombard International provides wealth structuring solutions using unit-linked life insurance to high net worth individuals, their families and institutions around the globe.
The global group, branded as Lombard International, launched to market in September 2015. With head offices located in Luxembourg and Philadelphia, a combined global presence enables Lombard International to serve clients’ complex needs on a global basis while being sensitive to local cultures and attitudes. The firm is an industry leader in providing multi-jurisdictional wealth planning solutions through its partner networks across the United States, Europe and Latin America.
Global assets under administration are in excess of USD 80 billion with a global staff number of over 500, including more than 60 technical experts specializing in 20+ jurisdictions.
Funds managed by Blackstone own Lombard International. Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms with over $330 billion in assets under management.