Ian Burns has been appointed Executive General Manager and New Zealand Country Head of the trustee and wealth management company Guardian Trust, and will take up the role on 24 October 2013. Guardian Trust is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Trust Company, a leading independent Australian trustee listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Mr Burns previously worked at ASB Bank as General Manager, Strategy Compliance & Program Management, and General Manager, Private Banking & Wealth. Before joining ASB, he was Managing Director of Barclays Wealth, a Top 10 Global Wealth business.
Shailendra Singh, Chief Executive Officer for The Trust Company, said, “I am delighted with the depth of experience and leadership Ian will bring to the team. One of our key priorities for FY14 is to reposition Guardian Trust for growth. Guardian Trust is a strong brand in the New Zealand market and under Ian’s leadership we will look to finalize the new strategy for Guardian Trust with a focus on growth.”
In joining Guardian Trust and The Trust Company, Mr Burns said, “I look forward to working with the New Zealand team to support them in this exciting period, focused on growth and enhancing our service proposition to our clients.”