Aggregator nabs ex-major bank head of third party

by Julia Corderoy29 Aug 2016
Ex-ANZ head of third party Keiran Evans has joined ASX-listed aggregator AFG as its new general manager of commercial.

The aggregator said the appointment of Evans to this newly created role demonstrates its active push into the commercial broking market. 

“The introduction of a GM Commercial role to AFG’s management team will further expand our capacity to focus on the growing commercial lending market,” AFG chief operating officer, David Bailey said.

“Working with AFG’s national manager of commercial Bob Whetton and national sales manager leasing & personal loans Cristian Fedrigo, Keiran will enable AFG to expand its footprint in a market that is currently under-banked.”

Evans joins AFG from ANZ where he was most recently head of third party distribution, and in the past held numerous senior leadership roles in SME, commercial and corporate finance, including the start-up of their third party commercial broker channel.

AFG recently announced a partnership with technology platform Biz2Credit in a bid to help brokers increase their penetration of the SME market.

“The addition of Biz2Credit to AFG’s commercial lending suite is an exciting evolution for the company, its brokers and for Australian business operators looking for finance,” Evans said.

“The SME market is one that can struggle with access to finance, particularly in the sub $1million category. Multiple finance options are not something SME operators generally have on the table.

“I am looking forward to working with AFG to harness this technology to help grow our broker’s footprint in the commercial market and in turn grow the greater AFG business.”

He will join the company in early September.