British asset manager Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) has appointed Adam Gent as head of northern Europe retail and wholesale, effective March 2017.

In his new role, Gent will be responsible for developing retail business in the UK, Nordics and Benelux. He will report to Mathias Mueller, head of Retail Europe at Allianz GI.

Gent joined AllianzGI from Legg Mason Global Asset Management, where he was head of UK Sales managing the sales team. He also worked at Henderson Global Investors and Thesis Asset Management.

Justin Eede, head of European sales and client service, will temporarily take over Gent’s responsibility while the company will look for a replacement.

Commenting on the appointment, Mueller said: “We are delighted to announce Adam will be joining AllianzGI’s European sales team in this senior, new position. This role is a natural step in the evolution of our regional sales business, as we look to become the investment partner of choice of more and more clients in these key regions. The wealth of experience Adam brings will help us do just that.”