The Personal Finance Society (PFS) has appointed Sanlam wealth chief executive John White as its president for 2018/19.
Former Wealth Manager coverstar White (pictured) was confirmed at the professional body's AGM following a member vote.
Prior to taking the helm at Sanlam, he served as chief operating officer for global insurance brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher & Co, and brings over 26 years of experience in financial services to the role.
White said: 'This is an interesting time for the profession and I am really looking forward to my year as president of the PFS. My theme for the year will be the promotion of financial education and awareness whilst also raising the profile of professional advice and the role it plays in society.
'The launch of the Society’s new educational outreach programme, "discover fortunes" will be at the heart of my presidential theme.'
White takes over from Thornton Chartered Financial Planners managing director Sharon Sutton, who has stepped down having completed a 12-month term as president.
Vanessa Barnes, principal of Hannay Investments, and Caroline Stuart, head of technical solutions at D B Wood, were also appointed as directors at the AGM.
PFS chief executive Keith Richards said White's 'experience of both our profession and of working with us over the past couple of years as a board member will be invaluable in supporting our ongoing commitment to evolve as a modern professional body'.
He added: 'I would also like to thank past president Sharon Sutton for her contribution to the profession over the past year. Her theme of financial planning good practice including the use of new tools and techniques and practitioner experience has helped more members to adopt new processes and achieve better outcomes for clients’ life planning. We will continue to build on this.'