Sanlam UK has announced a number of departures and arrivals.

Out is former Sanlam UK CEO Lukas van der Walt who leaves at the end of February. He will continue to serve as a strategic consultant to the Group, advising on its development, mergers and acquisitions. He’s been at Sanlam for 12 years and established the company in the UK.

Head of Salmon Investments Robert Roux said: “Lukas has made a significant contribution to Sanlam over the last 12 years. He has overseen our development with a sure and steady hand and for that we are extremely grateful. I am pleased that he will continue to work alongside us during the next stage of our growth, where I have no doubt his knowledge, experience and skill will prove invaluable.”


Jonathan Polin, who assumed the role of CEO of Sanlam UK on the 1st January 2016, said: “Lukas has done a great job over many years and it’s a privilege to take the reins from him. I look forward to working with him over the coming months.”

In comes Jeremy Gibson (pictured above), Steven Haines and Alfio Tagliabue, three senior appointments to the company’s senior leadership team. Gibson becomes CEO of Sanlam Investments & Pensions having operated as CFO for Sanlam UK since 2012. He continues as a director of Sanlam UK. Haines and Tagliabue join the Board of Sanlam UK as Group COO and Group CFO respectively. Both have worked with Sanlam UK Group CEO Polin at Ashcourt Rowan.

Polin said: “Over the coming months we will create one overarching Sanlam business in the UK – whilst keeping the integrity of our specialist capabilities. I am delighted to be working again with Alfio and Steve and believe that we have a leadership team with not only the experience and vison but a passion for this organisation and all it intends to achieve. We have the foundations in place to build a business that will take a leading role in the UK Wealth Management arena for many years to come. That is our brief.”


Sanlam UK is part of the Sanlam Investments business cluster led by CEO, Robert Roux. It consists of a number of businesses, including Sanlam Wealth Planning (national financial adviser with £1 billion of client assets under advice and 80 UK-based advisers); Sanlam Private Wealth (discretionary fund manager with £2.2 billion of client assets under management); Sanlam Investments & Pensions (life and pensions business within excess of £1.6 billion of assets under advice); and, Sanlam FOUR (boutique asset management and fund business which manages over £4.2 billion in both single strategy and long only funds, and specialist multi-asset solutions).

Together, the firm has nearly £9 billion of assets under management or influence and employs over 507 professionals across the UK.

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