Stephen Cranston Writer & columnist

If John Anderson had remained at Sygnia, he might have been co-opted into giving geography lessons. What good is it to know the way to Bond Street or Rodeo Drive when it is much more important not to end up in Soweto instead of Sharpeville? Instead, Anderson is now the face, or more accurately the voice, of Alexander Forbes’s new product pipeline. Of course, like everywhere else, Forbes calls products "solutions". It is as if it is some benign hand-holding charity instead of a nakedly commercial business. There have been some departures recently from Forbes’s West Street, Sandton gin palace — such as head of asset consultants Rob Southey, chief operating officer Steve Price and investment research maven Muitheri Wahome. So it is good to see that it can rely on its alumni to design products on its behalf. Costa Economou and Shaun Levitan of Colourfield Liability Solutions were star actuaries at Forbes. They are the pair often seen ambling round Melrose Arch in search of a decent cup ...

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