Ocorian, the financial services group and provider of fund, corporate, capital markets and private client services has appointed Michelle Merola as Business Development Director to drive the growth and delivery of its employee incentive services.
Ocorian has more than 25 years’ experience in the employee benefits sector. The team provide tailor-made solutions in employee participation for a large portfolio of FTSE 100, 250, 350 and AIM-listed companies, multinational corporations, leading financial institutions, and smaller, often private equity-backed private companies.
Michelle will work closely with Ocorian’s existing employee incentive plan clients to ensure service excellence and will proactively develop its client book within private equity. She will also further extend Ocorian’s scope of influence with private companies regarding employee benefit trusts.
Michelle is based in the UK and is highly regarded in the share plan sector, having been actively working with share plans for over 21 years. She has worked within the sector in a mix of FTSE 100/250 companies in the financial services and retail industries. Prior to joining Ocorian, Michelle gained seven years’ experience within the Growth & Acquisition team at YBS Share Plans (part of the Yorkshire Building Society).
Commenting on Michelle’s arrival, Brendan Dowling, Head of Employee Incentive Services at Ocorian said: “We are delighted to have Michelle onboard to further develop our employee share trust and share plan administration services. Such a senior appointment reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering service excellence to our existing clients and in continuing the significant growth we have seen in this area in recent years. We are extremely pleased to welcome Michelle to the Ocorian team.”
Michelle added: “I’m thrilled to be joining a team that is often cited for its consistency and reputation within the employee incentive scheme space and boasts a large portfolio of impressive client companies. This is a thriving sector and Ocorian’s ambitious growth plans, experience and deep commitment to client service give it a prominent place within the marketplace. I’m really looking forward to collaborating with our delivery teams, building strong networks with our intermediaries, and establishing new partnerships right across the UK.”