The CII has boosted its global team with the appointment of David Thompson as international director.
Mr Thompson will be based at the CII's new Middle East and Africa headquarters in Dubai, but will also oversee operations from CII offices in Mumbai and Hong Kong.
Mr Thompson brings more than 34 years' experience working in sales and business development in the financial services sector, gained both in the UK and globally. He joins the CII from Friends Provident International, where he was most recently regional sales director for the Middle East and Africa. Before that, he worked for Schroders, American Express and Legal & General. Mr Thompson also developed and launched management development company Globalwise, where he specialised in designing and delivering specialist coaching programmes to clients such as Lloyds TSB, PwC, Barclays and National Australia Bank.
Sian Fisher, chief executive officer of the CII, said: "We're really pleased to appoint David to this new role of international director. He comes with an impressive background in financial services and will be an asset to our expanding global team. With a growing appetite for qualified financial services experts across the world, David will play a crucial part in ensuring our international members receive access to the training and qualifications that they demand, as well as delivering the professional standards message to potential members globally."