Boal & Co has today announced that Trevor Smith has been appointed to the new position of Regional Director, Asia.
Smith, who is based in Hong Kong, will represent Boal & Co’s activities in all key markets throughout the Far East. Smith has a UK pensions background and is qualified as an Associate of the Personal Finance Society and Certified Financial Planner. He was previously Chief Distribution Officer for Standard Life (Asia).
Having already been based in Hong Kong for 12 years, Smith injects a wealth of knowledge and experience of the Far East adviser market to Boal & Co’s award-winning international pensions proposition. Before joining Standard Life in 2011, he was Sales Director, North Asia with Friends Provident International, a position in which he gained first-hand experience of Boal & Co’s range of multi-jurisdictional QROPS and International Pension Plans (IPPs).
Smith reports to managing director Gary Boal and takes up his post with immediate effect as Boal & Co’s first representative based in the Far East. Boal said, 'I have had the pleasure of working alongside Trevor since we first took our QROPS message to the international adviser market in 2009. Trevor was instrumental in introducing us to the top end of the adviser market then. He fully understands, and is committed to, the efficacy and quality of our international pensions solutions.
'It is something of a coup that we have been able to entice Trevor to join us in a senior position that is tailor-made for him. His reputation and achievements precede him in the adviser market. He is qualified to the highest industry level, with an enviable record spanning 25 years. We are absolutely delighted to welcome Trevor to our strong team.'
Boal & Co has won several industry awards for its international pensions excellence, including Professional Adviser 'Best International Specialist Pensions Provider'. The firm’s multi-jurisdictional Qrops range of Gibraltar and Isle of Man pension schemes, along with its record of innovation and technical excellence, has attracted the support of advisers throughout the world, to the extent that Boal & Co now has QROPS members in 51 countries. In the corporate market, Boal & Co currently provides international pension plan solutions to 11 FT 'Global 500' companies. In total, international pension funds under the firm’s stewardship are in excess of $1.5 billion, and growing fast.
Commenting on his new role, Smith said, 'it’s a privilege to join the Boal & Co dream team and to represent what is acknowledged to be the best pensions proposition in the market.
'Boal & Co’s commitment to the market, technical innovation and quality of the all-round international pensions offering were the clinchers for me. I am looking forward to working closely with financial advisers in the region to meet their clients’ QROPS and other pension needs, and to help grow their businesses.'